Each time someone says that IT is dead, you should stop and consider who’s saying it, and why. Chances are that what they really mean is that IT as they know it is going away. To counter-balance the argument that IT is disappearing, Michael of ITIL and Me shares this post explaining why those statements might be much too broad, and why.
He begins by stating that we should first examine the credibility of such statements. Even if it comes from a credible source, the statement itself might be hyperbolic in its reach. For instance, saying that the cloud is going to destroy all internal IT groups is almost silly, as not every IT company uses the cloud (and even those that do often find themselves still supporting an IT group for the functions that simply cannot be moved into the cloud).
What About ITIL
Next, the author takes aim at those who say that ITIL is dying or dead. Point in fact, ITIL has changed over the past few years, but it has more or less evolved. The recent economic downturn has also encouraged people to look at ITIL as a cost saving process, helping it stay in the world of IT.
For his third point, the author points out the sheer size of companies as a reason for IT going strong:
Third, and probably the most important reason to consider that IT isn’t dead, is the fact that many companies out there are huge. In fact, massive, and with global infrastructures. While a small start-up can go all cloud and have the ITSM singularity of IT existing with “the business,” not everyone can change that quickly. Banks, pharmaceuticals, healthcare; all these industries take a while to change and it’s not going to happen overnight. In fact, some of the companies in the more “traditional” industries are conservative, and they tend not to change unless there’s a published best practice. Unfortunately, “best practice” doesn’t come around until it’s already been done, and proven, for a few years.
Read the full blog post here: http://www.itilandme.com/observations/it-isnt-dead-long-evolve-it/