...time to bring about innovation. "As we move towards empowered business technology, it will free up time for senior IT people to spend more time on innovation," he said.
The seeds of the IT department's shift from doing to consulting have been sown with the trend towards the consumerisation of IT in businesses, as workers' own gadgets begin to replace companies' centrally supplied kit.
"It used to be that IT could tell you what computer you could have at work. They can't tell you that any more, and so their role has evolved to having to support the fluid change in the consumer choice [of technology]," Forrester VP and principal analyst James Staten told silicon.com.
And with the greater awareness of technology outside the IT department and the increasingly integral role of IT in all aspects of the business, other departments are already starting to call the shots in terms of technology procurement.
As a result, CIOs will need to create groups within their departments to work with particular business functions, while roles in the IT department will need to adjust to the new environment, according to Cecere.
There will also be a need for members of the IT department to specialise to a greater extent, with data management and security likely to be particular focus areas. "Within IT organisations you will have a level of specialisation never seen before," the analyst said.
On an individual level, IT workers will find their skills base will also be affected.
Sourcing and vendor management will become a more important role for the IT department as business divisions buy the technology. "I think most of the activity of the [business] organisation will be building and procuring technology," Cecere said.
The changes in the role of IT professionals will see application development and delivery within IT departments decline in terms of resources, Cecere added, while project management and planning will increase.
As for how businesses will move to this empowered business technology environment, it won't be a smooth transition - Cecere likened it to a children's game of football.
"If you've ever seen five-year-olds playing football, they somehow get from one end of the field to the other but everything in between is random motion. You're going to see it in fits and starts as we transition," he said.