Brian Rice culled together these thoughts from 30 Executives on 2013. So when it popped up in my email I was intrigued to learn what colleagues of mine thought would be happening in 2013.
Oh dear, I was disappointed. The same BYOD/Consumerization of IT, Cloud, Big Data, tight budgets require innovation and IT needs to create an identity, aka brand. I flashed back to the movie Bull Durham and Meat having to learn his cliches.
So I put on my best Seth Meyers impersonation and read through the whole thing. The out-liars of Data Copy Management (too many versions of the same file) and middleware security where interesting just because they where different, even though dull predictions of the future.
Where is my ready access to information everywhere at anytime? Not just that IT will have handle delivering it on different devices and networks. This is IT being the Dr. No once again, talking about the obstacles vs the opportunities. This is the difference between most IT executives and engineers at NASA. IT is how are we going to do it and what is hard about it and NASA is what we are going to do and when.
Saying that BYOD/Consumerization is a major thing in 2013 is just silly, not Mayan end of the world silly, but similar in it is really not a prediction. BYOD is a thing now, and has been for a while. The 2013 thing for IT should be moving from Dr. No to Mr. Hell Yes! as for one thing it would make IT high valued again, even in failure. Because you went big, okay so you may have to go home – ala get a new job, but it would be worth it.
Then cloud and big data again, really – still. That is like saying today you think Facebook will be important in 2013. Yes, is the percentage of companies in the cloud and leveraging big data more than about 15%, no. But, in 2013 will that number double or triple – not likely. It will eek along, just like in the past adoption by established companies of the internet, mobile devices and in the past and still now most sorrily analytics.
Mr. Rice gathered these thoughts well and a good distribution of people, but not truly 2013 predictions from my perspective. I could be wrong and frankly hope I am. My last thought when reading this was the responses people give when asked do they watch PBS shows – yes, sure we do – Masterpiece Theater and the like. No, what they watch is reality shows like Survivor and Hoarders. So, based on that here are my 2013 predictions for IT to focus on.
#1. Maintaining the old legacy systems they currently have that are actually running the business
#2 That one project of something new (could be big data, cloud, or even analytics), but likely a new ERP, CRM, or a governance project
#3 BYOD – yes, but reluctantly, because they will be brought in to your organization and you will simply have to deal with it
#4 Keeping your staff sane from having to deal with 1 – 3
#5 Chasing down IT spending not in the IT budget that other non-IT departments are doing to buy software and cloud services because they got tired of waiting for IT to get it for them
Yep, 2013 – looking forward to it.