Article review What the IT department will look like 2015/2

What the IT department will look like 

–Jason Hiner, writing in TechRepublic’s Tech Sanity Check blog

 

“A decade ago, there was a lot of new stuff that needed to be set up — ethernet networks, directory servers, mail servers, company laptops — and a lot of baby boomers who still needed helped transitioning into a computerized workplace. Those days are long gone.”

 

This will be a debate about the above statement, but I for one agree with it completely.  That does not mean that there are not a need for setting up servers and networks, but those can be focused with cloud based services versus every company having their own data centers filled or not so filled with equipment.

 

The short article does bring to light what many business leaders need to recognize about their information technology evolution in the next 5 years (not 10 or 20, 5).  It will not be about hardware or devices.  It will be about the data and the applications that present and manage that data.

 

This is where I veer from Mr. Hiner.  He states “it’s going to increasingly be about web-based applications that will be expected to work smoothly, be self-evident, and require very little training or intervention from tech support.”

 

Fully agreeing with the ‘require very little training’ portion of the statement as Apple has proven that intuitive design trumps feature rich.  However, the focus of development on applications without a mention of database development is where I feel he left something out.  Those web-apps will need databases that integrate data from multiple sources and be optimized to deliver that data to the app at the performance rate of the customer’s expectation.

Therefore, the developers will two sets, the presentation side with web-applications and the data side with data modeling, integration and optimization of performance across multiple virtual installations.

 

Blog – Do you know where your company IP is

Your sitting at your desk and you are looking through a great report or slide show provided by that smart as a whip employee in your department who always seems to be able to get things done and get you the information you need when you need it.

This is a highly confidential report/slide show that you would not want shared with the public, never mind your customers, suppliers or competition.

You are not aware that this report/slide show was created in Google Apps or stored in a Dropbox account sync which Ms. smart as a whip or that you are viewing it on Slideshare.

                       

 

 

 

 

Your employee did not use the company  –

  • MS-Office license or
  • servers for storing the file or
  • as such the file is not secured, password/firewall/ACL/ or
  • using an encryption process.

The file is just out there protected by the most highly security procedure in the world – ignorance.

 

 

 

This is not a bad thing.  Your employees are using the tools that the web and their mobile devices make available to them to do their job more productivily for them individually.

 

Here is the bad thing.

 

You need to be aware of this as an executive of your company so you know where your intellectial property (that precious company IP beyond trademarks) is being created, modified, shared and stored.

 

Here is the worst thing.

Your reaction being a quick policy statement banning this type of activity.  Stating that all work product by your knowledge workers MUST be done on company computers, using company software and stored on company servers.

 

Right – that will work.

 

How is that enforced exactly?  Just like a yield sign in New Jersey right?

 

The reaction should be –

  1. Find out how prevalent this is in your company
  2. Discuss at the executive level how this impacts your risk management of your IP
  3. How this impacts your current IT strategy (licensing, having your own data center, mobility)

 

You cannot stop this – so find a way to use it to your advantage.