Computerworld's Julia King launched today's agenda for the Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference with a discussion of "five big changes on the horizon" for IT chiefs. The megatrends:
(Truly devoted Computerworld readers will notice that the magazine already covered these topics, primarily in the IT Careers 2020 special report.)
Julia was followed by Frank Wander, CIO of Guardian Life Insurance Co., who provided a "futurecast" of IT in the year 2020, and what Guardian is doing to be well-positioned for that future. (Does 2020 sound far away? Wander noted that Y2K lies farther in the past than 2020 is in the future.)
Wander's futurecast for 2020 included the following megatrends:
Wander added two cautionary notes:
Finally, I found it interesting that Wander is working hard at "uncluttering" IT operations. He said many IT shops are full of technologies that are one, two or three generations behind, which are expensive to maintain and inflexible. He recommended replacing those systems with more agile systems that prepare you for the future. Unless you've uncluttered your IT shop, he said, it's like carrying a lot of heavy baggage on a journey where you need to be light on your feet.
In other words, the cost of complexity robs the company of the funds needed for more forward-looking, agile systems.