Will we still be speaking of digital transformation 20 years from now?

Digital Innovation, General It will still be needed. There are people who say it is dying, it’s going away. Look at the cloud. It is fundamentally transformative. It’s the same transformation going back 150 years when industrial plants generated their own energy. Go back 120 years or so, companies were embroiled over the question, AC or DC? We’re now talking about hyper scale cloud, hyper converged, hybrid cloud, Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Right now we’re making that fundamental shift in how we build it. How do we provide storage? How do we provide processing? How we provide networking is being taken over by industrial conglomerates, who can do it cheaper, faster, better and more securely. In 10 years, the idea of putting up a data center will be seen as pointless unless you have a very specialized process. If you’re in the infrastructure business, you’ll go to work for one of the big companies or not at all. However, the complexity of the problems we’re being asked to solve will keep going up. What we’ll see is an IT workforce that is much more business savvy, that is much more plugged into the processes. We’re still going to need people in it to orchestrate, architect and put this stuff all together. The nature of IT will change slightly, the tools will change radically.

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It will still be needed. There are people who say it is dying, it’s going away. Look at the cloud. It is fundamentally transformative. It’s the same transformation going back 150 years when industrial plants generated their own energy. Go back 120 years or so, companies were embroiled over the question, AC or DC? We’re now talking about hyper scale cloud, hyper converged, hybrid cloud, Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Right now we’re making that fundamental shift in how we build it. How do we provide storage? How do we provide processing? How we provide networking is being taken over by industrial conglomerates, who can do it cheaper, faster, better and more securely. In 10 years, the idea of putting up a data center will be seen as pointless unless you have a very specialized process. If you’re in the infrastructure business, you’ll go to work for one of the big companies or not at all. However, the complexity of the problems we’re being asked to solve will keep going up. What we’ll see is an IT workforce that is much more business savvy, that is much more plugged into the processes. We’re still going to need people in it to orchestrate, architect and put this stuff all together. The nature of IT will change slightly, the tools will change radically.

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I hope so! We're technology executives, and if there's one thing we can count on besides death and taxes, it's that technology changes. My predecessor had more time in the field than me, but because he wasn't always learning, and wasn't developing his team, he fell behind.