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Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010.  Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

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May 2010 Archives

I recently read a press release from Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a research and advisory services company, and they're predicting interesting changes in IT.

According to the release, they predict that three out of every four IT roles will either migrate to business services, evolve into business roles, or be externalized by 2015.

If that prediction comes true, that will mean a changing role for the CIO too. According to CEB, CIOs will face the choice of expanding to lead a business shared service group or seeing their positions shrink to managing technology delivery.

The 4 shifts that CEB identified that caused them to make their prediction are:

  •  Information Over Process: Up to 80% of IT enablement opportunities in the business areas that drive growth, including marketing, sales, and customer service, will relate to business intelligence, collaboration, or the customer interface, not around enablement of business processes
  • IT Embedded in Business Services: Technology will be consumed as part of business services as the IT function merges into an integrated business shared services group alongside other corporate functions.
  • Externalized Service Delivery: Cloud computing will enable externalization of applications development, infrastructure operations, and back-office processes by up to 80%, gradually eroding the "factory" side of the IT function shifting function more to technology brokers.
  • Greater Business Partner Responsibility: With business leaders and end users having a greater knowledge and confidence with technology, business partners will have a greater role in areas where the value of differentiation outweighs the need for integration. This represents a shift in responsibility for technology decision making.
"CEB's analysis found that many of these changes are currently underway and will likely be rapid, permanent, and radical," said Shvetank Shah, Executive Director of CEB's IT Practice. "Leading CIOs have embraced these transformations and are devoting the time, energy, and resources to actively shape the transition."

An executive summary of "The Future of IT" can be downloaded here.

Posted May 13, 2010 9:00 AM
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