“One way to look at the consumerization of IT is as a democratization of workplace technology decisions,” Ryan Fass reports for Cult of Mac.
“Executives and employees alike have become much more sophisticated users of technology. Through iPhones and iPads, they see how well designed devices, platforms, and apps can create enjoyable and, more importantly, productive user experiences,” Fass reports. “As a result, they don’t tolerate clunky business systems and slow IT responses as much as they did a few years ago.”
MacDailyNews Take: Uh oh, remaining IT doofuses.
Fass reports, “Many executives and pundits believe this has already changed the balance of power between the CIO/IT management and the CFO and other executives. A recent Gartner survey found that overall, CFOs are leading IT decision-making more than they were just two years ago. One could even argue that in addition to disrupting industries like music and mobile technology, Apple is subtly disrupting IT and business itself (with some help from other tech and business innovators)… It’s hard not to notice that nearly half of CFOs have gained clout since the iPad’s launch in 2010.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: iCal says we already addressed this issue from our precog tanks ten days before Apple launched the iPhone:
One device, Apple’s iPhone, is far more evolved than anything else on the market today. The IT dinos will be — gasp! — forced to accommodate the employees; a rarity, we know, but watch and see.
The IT guys are in for a rude awakening and the iPhone is only the beginning. They will have to accommodate the iPhone. Too many important employees will demand it and IT won’t be able to stem the tide. The fact is that business people will decide which device they want to carry and their businesses will adapt to it. Just as they did with “Microsoft-incompatible” Research In Motion’s Blackberry. Apple’s iPhone will be a success with business users whether the IT guy wants it or even whether AT&T and Apple tailor marketing to businesses or not.
Note to CEOs: Who runs the company, you or the IT guy? It’s your job to make the decisions and it’s the IT guy’s job to implement your decisions that relate to technology. Just as with Macs, you need to educate yourself instead of relying on someone with their own, possibly hidden, agendas to make extremely important technology decisions for your company. Most of you could be saving a LOT of money right now, but you aren’t because you’ve delegated an important part of your company’s decision-making to people who, frankly, in our experience, aren’t capable of making good, sound, strategic, long-term decisions. Most IT guys (and we know many) are not open-minded enough to be able to consider new, better, more efficient, more effective options that would benefit your company. In fact, most IT guys we’ve met will throw up road blocks and repeat myths until they’re blue in the face in order to avoid change. Especially change that might make their department less critical or smaller. Bottom line: most of you CEOs have given the IT guy way, way, way too much power. It’s time to take it back. – MacDailyNews Take, June 19, 2007
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” and “Dominic P.” for the heads up.]