John Suffolk: “Following on from recent blogs, publications and presentation on the Governmentâ€™s IT strategy I have been asked a number of times what my thoughts are on how this will play out in the IT industry over the next ten yearsâ€¦I think we are all in for a shock, a big shock because IT and service provision will be dramatically different and Iâ€™m not convinced the IT industry is facing up to the new reality.Â Consider a world where:
– The concept ofÂ desktop disappears as a predominant modelâ€¦
– Things likeÂ ERP become a sequence of transactionsâ€¦.
– The number ofÂ data centres will be dramatically reducedâ€¦.
– Public and private clouds will be pervasiveâ€¦.
– The combined cloud model and theÂ application store opens up the IT marketâ€¦.
So those operating on the IT world will need to decide what their true competences will be.Â Â Where can they shine and get recognition for being outstanding.”
The blog is quite insightful and I believe an accurate look at where IT is headed. In addition I think the healthcare industry will see more outsourced IT support as we move toward a cloud model. Hospitals will be tied less to software and hardware support, instead providing informatics experts responsible for developing workflow and effective use of purchased services. Some hospitals have begun adopting this model already, and expect to see greater adoption in the future.