IFSM discussion

A key challenge to Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and their staff is the ever-changing landscape in the Information Technology world.  CIOs must be concerned not only with overseeing the current operation of the IT Department and how it best supports the business strategy, but they must also be focused on the years ahead.  This is important, first to ensure that today’s technology decisions will likely align and be compatible with future requirements, and secondly, that the CIO is well versed in the trends so he or she can advise the business of the potential of technology advancements and concerns.  This will help the organization, overall, to make good business decisions.

The Gartner Group, is a leading consulting and advisory group.  You will find their web site has interesting information:

http://www.gartner.com/technology/research/predicts/

It provides summaries of Gartner’s predictions of what the top areas are that will likely significantly impact IT this year and beyond.  The summaries cover many different aspects of IT.  Each of you should select one of these predictions and then do some further reasearch on that prediction using other websites (the UMUC Library no longer has a subscription to the full Gartner site).

From your research, add why you think it is a significant concern for CIOs and IT staff.  What do you think IT needs to consider based on this?  Some of these areas may be ones you’re not really familiar with and that’s to be expected.  But each of you should be able to select one that “makes sense” to you and address it in your response.  Please take a look at what has been posted by your classmates before choosing your topic, and then select something that has not yet been discussed, if possible.  We will have duplicates, but let’s try to spread the discussion across as many of the predictions as possible.