Managed Service Providers face the same stress as in-house IT shops and they are under pressure to transform just like in-house shops as well. It's imperative to differentiate yourself from your competitors in an increasingly commoditized marketplace.
Sony is a classic example of a disrupted company, which failed to react to changes in the market and saw its brand diminish from one of the top names in consumer electronics to an also-ran. And believe it or not, your IT department could learn from Sony's mistakes because disruption follows a similar pattern whether it's an individual, a department or a corporation.
At the AIIM conference last week, one IT pro likened the battle between traditional enterprise software vendors and Silicon Valley startups as an updated version of the cold war. But he said it's time for IT pros to speak up and tell the cloud vendors what they need to run their business.
Oracle reported a modest loss in its most recent quarterly earnings report, but it could be a sign of a more fundamental underlying problem as the company faces pressure from cheaper cloud and open source alternatives.
Nobody wants to give the man (the enterprise), the right to see what's on their phone and wipe it at will if they feel it's been compromised. One way to allevate that is to containerize or partition the corporate data so if the relationship ends or the phone gets lost or stolen, IT simply shuts off access to enterprise data. Your vacation pictures and other personal data remain intact.
It's Friday and that means it's time for my weekly feature, 5 Links for Developers and IT pros. This week, an IT veteran confronts his own cloud fears, a writer discusses if programmers can ever be replaced by automated solutions and some soft skills every IT pro should know.
I hear a lot of old school IT pros complaining about consumerization trends and I think many believe it's a matter of time before it just blows over like some trendy fad, but it's not going anywhere because it's driven by factors that are changing the entire industry.