Operating as a cloud service provider (CSP) requires acting like a business, not a cost center, and marrying infrastructure agility with operational capability. Here, CIO.com's Virtualization and Cloud Advisor Bernard Golden outlines the core competencies CIOs need in their IT departments
Great article from CIO.COM spur the debate about the future of IT, Here is some thoughts:
Future of IT –Process-Driven: IT as a Service
IT is no longer just the tangible hardware boxes (those are heading into the commodity), the future of IT is more about the intangible information fabric (Cloud, Social, Mobil Computing, analytics) interwoven into your organization, IT need be transformed from infrastructure to integration then to innovation services, Cloud just create the right wind to converge the business and technology, though it may take time to mature, the future of IT is the innovative service or process to help organization deliver the best-tailored products or solutions to its end customers.
Future of IT Organization –Capability-Driven: from IT Builder to IT Broker
IT organization is transforming from the infrastructure warehouse into the IT innovation powerhouse, from application factory into the IT supply chain central hub, from internal customer’s help desk into business customers (both internal & external) enabled partner, from back-office cost center to the empowered rainmaker upon the Cloud.
Future of IT Leadership –Situation-Driven: Value-added CIO + Talent Master
CIO is not only just the relentless cost cutter, but also the delighted customer envangelist, not only the dedicated IT manager, but also the visionary business leader, she or he is the skillful diplomat with entrepreneurial mindset, to execute the best IT practice both at tactical level and strategic level.
To become value-added CIO, Cloudification should become strategic priority, since it provides the unprecedented opportunity for IT to become the agile business leader, not only blueprint but also architect the true agile enterprise & networked (extended) organization as well.
The next level of IT leader is leading by example and influence, understand nature and use it to her own advantage, lead the organization and world effortless –best practice of Tao of IT leadership.