New book says IT departments heading for extinction

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.

By Toni Bowers

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.