Today is the second friday in December and time for another question in the discussion series about asking the right questions about IT. Last week’s question “Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving?” yielded some interesting points. This week the question is:
What are the reasons we need IT in the future?
Notice the question concerns IT and not Technology.
While Technology includes IT, the question is looking to get at the stuff we think of when we think of IT. Responses that point out the need for technology in the modern enterprise are welcome, but then extend that response to how technology is ‘operationalized’ in the enterprise to get at the “IT-ness” of the answer.
As I think about the question, there are several ways to respond.
You could focus on the reasons aspect of the question and move from the outside in to formulate a response. The rational for IT rests in the need for IT or something like IT.
You could look at IT as a set of human/business/and operational resources – the IT organization and why do we need it in the future. The resource – organizational view is good way to think about IT.
It would be good to get some comments back based on this view of the IT organization. But it is not the only way to look at the question.
Alternatively you can look at IT as a product, a thing that you buy and apply. In this regard IT could be viewed as a service which may influence your response.
Welcome your ideas and thoughts about the reasons why we need IT.
We already know that Technology is in our future and we have had something called “IT” in the past but do the reasons for that past continue into the future? Do they change, what do they become and what does that mean for what we have now as IT?
Some related posts, just to provide some background