IT strategic planning – the next 5 years or 500 days?
A number of discussions arose from my last blog series on CIO Dialogues regarding the future of business IT Strategies both in the private and public sectors. Many CIOs raised concerns about disruptive technologies (in particular Software Defined “things”) are changing the CIO role and its ability to continuously provide the right, effective services back to the business. It is apparent that no matter in what industry you are in, everything is moving at a faster pace than ever before – and with less predictability. Consequently, CIO’s can no longer develop their traditional five-year IT plans and be relatively safe in their “predictions.” Today they need to move faster than ever whilst ensuring a stable technological infrastructure for their business. This means they can only think in terms of “near-future IT strategies” – 12-18 months maximum (about 500 days).