Twelve IT trends to challenge your performance in '12

Fortune cookies.JPGI'm coming in later than I expected with this post, especially given I started writing it in mid-October, but with so much going on in the world of the IT management and performance, it was a challenge to pull out the high notes without leaving important topics on the cutting room floor.


The resulting stream of 12 IT disruptions ideas was too long to make one full post,  so I've categorized them into three big “mega themes” on which you can expect to hear more from me over the coming year;

  • Social IT
  • The IT Cambrian explosion
  • Rebooting IT

For the sake of brevity, I’ve summarized them all here and then will drop a post that digs a little deeper into the idea and the potential impact. 

Social IT

#1 The IT crowd. IT management as a team sport.

#2 Bye-bye beeper! IT management goes mobile.

#3 The walls come tumbling down - Agile, continuous delivery and devops.


IT Cambrian Explosion

#4 The browser war is over. Every player wins a prize.

#5 Giga-scale architectures for the enterprise (or "The rise and rise of Ruby and friends.")

#6  Big data, NoSQL and shared-nothing (or "DBAs go back to school.")

#7 CPU architectures cross-over. x86 in handhelds, ARM in data centers, change everywhere.

#8 IT management software, the next sprawl?


Reboot IT

#9 The IT service broker goes mainstream.

#10 2012, the year of consumerization backlash.

#11 Enterprise architecture gets its mojo back.

#12 IT risk and compliance overhaul.


A caveat is called for here - predictions as a general rule are wrong, and mine usually doubly so! However, I have made a conscious decision to focus on what I’m seeing and hearing from practitioners versus theoreticians.  I hope that they stimulate thinking about the disruptions you might face and how we can all be better prepared to respond if and when we need to. 


Please join in with your own list – if nothing else it’s great food for planning thought. 


Happy holidays and a prosperous 2012.



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