Information Technology in a Crisis – Three Priorities for Information Technology in 2010 – Part One

As we start in 2010, the industry has three major challenges. What makes this so important is that they are not on the radar of most companies. In this report I will deal with the first challenge we have ignored as an industry. Although I can not provide answers, my hope in this article is to uncover the issues and start a discussion within the information technology community when looking for answers.

This is not your father

The first challenge I call your "Father," or better still, "Your grandfather," We live in ages, technology is promoting magnificent rates. However, companies are more slowly adopting this new technology. The biggest reason is simply, legacy IT staff do not know what to do with them! They are stuck in old information technology and do not see how their global defense could improve with new technologies.

Old Information Technology is the Biggest Barrier to Using New Technology

In order to adopt new technology, it needs to be thought beyond the legacy of the information technology. They must be ready to redefine what it can be. Let us look at information technology in information technology as an example; Consumer products are the ability for employers to use their personal smartphones and other smartphones at their workplace. Today, "your fathers response" is "no way! This technology is a security risk and can not be found at work." However, organizations with the "New IT" paradigms will look at new capabilities and determine how (or if) the devices can make their businesses more competitive. If so, they will find ways to secure technology and make it work for them. I do not propose any new technology to be implemented. I suggest that the IT industry gravity a new ideology; mindset that is determined to evaluate how new technology will, or will not, benefit from its business.

Today, "Your Father IT" responds until the technology is released and the bugs were upset. Sometimes they evaluate the technology then finance and ultimately perform. I've seen this process take up to twenty-four months. It's two years without the business benefits that technology offers. This mindset can cost a company millions of dollars over the twenty-four month period. Imagine your competitors to reap the cost and efficiency of new technology while your legacy is stuck and see how you work.

Organizations that have accepted the "New IT" paradigm must return the value of bids to the company before new technology is usually issued. Successful companies will not wait to use new technology until the current technology reaches the end of life. They will do it when it's convincing to do that.

How does the company break it from the legacy IT ideology? How do they change their current workplace? Can a company teach Legacy IT new tricks? Can corporate culture adapt to a "New IT" paradigm without external pressure? What can push companies out of the "Old IT" patterns that are so good today? I am convinced that if companies do not match the "New IT" paradigms, they will not live in the next decade. However, changing paradigms and corporate cultures can be an impossible task. One does not decide on one day that it will think and behave differently from now on.

This challenge is easily ignored and has been for many years. However, ignoring this challenge only places your business at the continued risk of becoming obsolete and inadequate. In 2010, we must take measures to limit our exposure to this and two subjects that I will discuss in the next reports. If your business is going to live in the next decade, you must come up with answers to these challenges. As I said before, I will open the door for further discussion. Let us consider the door open.


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