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Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT

The question isn’t whether the role of IT is changing, it is what you as an IT leader need to do to get ahead of the change.

Today's IT leaders must feel like they are living in a mash-up of two songs -"The Times They Are a-Changin" and "We've Only Just Begun."

The question isn't whether the role of IT is changing, it is what you as an IT leader need to do to get ahead of the change.

A recent global survey commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by Vanson Bourne illustrates how radically the role of IT is changing in today's business -- and not always to the benefit of IT leaders and staffers. The survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders from large organizations in 21 countries explored the IT department as it is today and what it might become in the future.

The research highlights seven big changes that are driving the future of IT, as seen in this SlideShare deck that summarizes the key findings of the research:

The last of the seven changes discussed in the SlideShare deck is the most worrisome. The danger is that if IT can't prove value, then IT won't have the credibility it needs to act as a consultant or a broker to the business.

IT leaders need to understand the full scope of the changes taking place in IT, learn the value that only IT can provide to the business, and get the specific guidance needed to evolve their role and increase IT's relevance. For the full details on the research, download the white paper, TechInsights Report: The Changing Role of IT and What To Do About It.

More Stories By Jackie Kahle

Jackie is a 30-year veteran of the IT industry and has held senior management positions in marketing, business development, and strategic planning for major systems, software, and services companies including Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and Gartner. She currently manages the strategy and execution of CA Technologies thought leadership programs. Jackie has an MBA from the Whittemore School, University of New Hampshire, a BA in Mathematics from New York University and is the Vice-Chair of the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

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