Nicholas Carr, author of The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, maintains that in 10 to 20 years, the traditional IT department will be a thing of the past. According to Carr, "The idea that every company needs its own IT department is dying."
He makes this assertion based on his belief that
- Corporate IT departments will no longer be constrained by what they can buy and install locally. He refers to this as "utility computing." Companies will be able to tap into a sophisticated infrastructure without having to buy it themselves.
- Business units will be able to control the processing of information directly, without the need for legions of technical people.
- Software-as-a-service is going to be a big growth area.
- There will be automation of a lot of IT processes that used to require a lot of manual labor.
Click here to read an interesting interview with Carr about his new book.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.