The Hub Commentary_
I would agree that IT is commoditizing and the role of IT leaders is evolving much like my good friend Siki indicates where commodity services can be done elsewhere and which then frees the evolved IT resources to sit at the table as Diane describes to apply technology to business choices. This is the practices of business service management in action.
In the featured post, Finding your Services, I describe first classifying your services based upon their contribution and cost to the business. How you deliver (source) that service then becomes the next choice. Just because you have technical capability in-house to deliver the service does not mean you keep it in house. Many services are becoming commodity and should be shipped out of the data center. On the other extreme, where you are seeking to deliver new and innovative services to the market to drive growth, but you may not have the expertise in-house to deliver it timely enough, you may also choose to seek outside assistance.
Again, it becomes a balancing act between operating and growth and weighing the cost and value of in-house versus external options. Then the new role of IT becomes that which is described by both Siki and Diane, one of the facilitator of services that both operate and drive the business. We are in unique times of role evolution and this will become uncomfortable for the traditional IT staff.
Are you driving business with technology or just operating?
This week I saw two articles that captured the two visions of IT that will dominate the future. Both were interviews with senior IT leaders, one a CIO of a major technology company, the other a senior executive with a leading system integrator. One article depicted a vision of IT as a future of standardized, commodity offerings, while the other portrayed IT as a critical part of every company’s business offerings. (Read Full Article…)