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Enterprise IT 2020: Predictions and Preparation

A radically new future is in the making for IT, and it won’t be that long before that future arrives. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray makes some key predictions for the IT landscape of 2020. He offers advice for the brave new world that is already in the works.

Old Systems Made New

There are so many changes taking place in enterprise IT, that discussing them requires a bulleted list:

  • End user and business unit empowerment
  • Demands for increased security
  • Demands for higher responsiveness from IT
  • Empowered non-traditional consumers
  • Empowered technology suppliers
  • A thawing budgetary freeze
  • The necessity of cloud and mobile

Gray says that doomsday predictions projected for companies like Oracle and SAP are bound to fall flat. Why? He points to the resilience of old mainframes and the ERPs of the 1990s as proof that big systems don’t simply vaporize. Sound evidence lies in the fact that mobile is allowing pros to interface with Oracle on much simpler terms, making the idea of laborious legacy systems a myth.

A Break for CIOs

For the beleaguered CIO role, Gray predicts some much needed resolution.

CIOs can’t seem to catch a break. On one hand, they’re expected to accommodate every user whim and integrate every technology that wanders through the door, while simultaneously ceding power to new IT power brokers like the CMO. As we near 2020, many of these power struggles will gradually sort themselves out, and we’ll see CIOs who generally fall into two camps.

The two camps predicted by Gray are:

  1. Internal managers will preside over internal technologies such as IT security, cloud, and SaaS.
  2. Multifaceted innovators will outsource internal management to focus on collaboration with marketing toward customer-facing innovation.

The Demise of Enterprise Networks

One thing will collapse by 2020, and it is the enterprise network. Rather than build security walls around individual applications or the enterprise, a fundamental shift away from those approaches, spurred by cloud use, will free up employees to use a variety of devices without the usual encumbrance to productivity.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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