The key findings for “C-Change” are based on two ELC sessions led by Thornton May, futurist and dean of the IT Leadership Academy that were held in London and Chicago last spring. During the summits, ELC members set out with a plan to look beyond BYOD and social media technologies to explore consumerization of IT and its relevancy to business from a worker perspective. The results were unexpected revealing that consumerization of IT was less about the technology and more about the desire to do the right thing, with the right tool at the right time.
The Executive Leadership Council is driven by the idea that the C-level executives need to look beyond rapidly emerging trends to focus on the business impact in practical term. The real significance of consumerization of IT is that it’s the beginning of the golden age of information and technology-drive innovation. We live in exciting times and by working with the ECL can provide guidance to enable C-Level executives to act accordingly.
Key findings from the ELC meetings show that the perceived disconnect between the fast, cool, bordering-on-free technology outside the enterprise and the alleged slow, un-cool, overpriced technology inside the enterprise is best understood by listening to the information workers. CIOs who have a finger on the pulse of consumerization of IT understand how to empower workers by understanding their needs and then getting out of the way.
Break-through thinking, value-creating innovation and calculated risks have never been more important to achieving competitive differentiation than in today’s economy. With consumerization of IT, the sea change in expectations being placed on IT staff is real and irreversible. The report concludes that the winners will be those who can capitalize on this disruption.
A series of use cases and recommendations can be found by downloading the “C-Change: Consumerization and Its Impacts” report atwww.aiim.org/consumerizationofIT