Social media sites have flourished and withered on a regular basis (witness Myspace, for which News Corporation paid $580 million in 2005, and then sold in 2011 for $35 million). The younger crowd gets bored easily and have a herd mentality. They will follow the crowd to the next hot thing. You can already see this by the Facebook demographics. The average age of members is getting older by the day. The advertisers see this as well, and it’s only a matter of time before they move on as well.
BYOD isn’t about cost reduction; it’s about responding to psychologically driven demands from end-users. Employees in today’s consumer-oriented culture expect to be able to “have it your way,” regardless of whether there is any financial benefit to the business.
businesses could be well served by treating Windows 8, like Windows Vista, as a “let’s skip this one” version. Let’s give Microsoft a chance to get it right on the desktop-Metro coexistence, which is just plain sub-optimal in Windows 8.
IT organizations clearly need to change their financial model, and introduce technologies and platforms that create more variability. At the same time, they need to migrate more effort to new initiatives rather than supporting existing ones.
The arrival of the Windows 8 Release Preview — with its corresponding app development tools — heralds a new phase in the acceptance of mobile form-factors into enterprise computing.
Most IT departments either make no attempt to measure the value of IT projects or, if they do, they invent methods that are not based on proven scientific methods and not proven to improve decisions.
The biggest challenge today’s IT leaders face is having the courage to transform. The organizational structure of most IT departments has not changed in the more than 35 years. It is now time for a new model, and bold action is required.