John, I am not sure I would agree with ZDNet - in fact one of my posts from a few months ago actually argues the opposite!
Whilst cloud based services may be increasingly easy to procure, we still have a long way to go before an end user in any business function can bolt together numerous services to make a complete IT ecosystem.
I would go further and suggest that now more than ever a company needs a top class IT Organisation in order to ensure the interconnectivity and appropriate security that a business needs.
That's great, Heather. Who you professionally hang with is important. For me, I have always enjoyed the professional companionship of journalists (I married one, too). Great comradery, curiousity and healthy skepticism. And I still believe most journalists simply want to report (or uncover) the truth.
And I live in Boston (not unlike Toronto)...you can't do much better than that save the weather on occasion.
Here's some very good perspective from my friend and former colleague Michael Miller. Read his entire column, but he sums it up in the lead:
"Let's get this out the way up front: Google Glass is neither indispensablenor a gigantic hoax. Rather it is primarily a development tool. It's a platform for developers to create applications for the next generation of wearable computers. For early adopters, it is a unique toy. Consider it the tech equivalent of an overpriced Italian sports car: expensive and a bit uncomfortable, but able to do things other devices can't and certain to draw attention."
JD Irving CIO Martin Davis once said there are no IT projects...just projects with an IT element. Those would seem to support the argument in this ZDNet post that IT's days are numbered...that it will be reduced to overseeing "low value technical plumbing."
That might be an extreme view, but here's the operative paragraph in this provocative post:
Either 'I' series of device (Iphone, Ipod, Ipad..), smart watch or google glass, the trend is upon consumerization of technology integrating with fine design, even fashion, to permeate our life more seamlessly, the science plus art becomes new normal.
Although every wink can capture a photo, it doen's mean a snap shot can immediately be transformed into insight, it's the journey to continue to optimize customer experience, and converging machine intelligence with human wisdom.
More and more articles point to the uptake of cloud in enterprises. And, if I believe the interactions I have with CIOs, it is definitely the case. The big question is whether to go private or public cloud. That, in my mind, is the wrong question. I’ve already mentioned several times that “one size does not fit all” when we talk about the cloud.
Just read an article “Nokia planning phablet for 2013”. The original information appeared in the Financial Times. Yes they put the word “phablet” into brackets, but everybody seems to know what they mean. Wonderful language that keeps expanding itself.
The world is increasingly becoming digital and interconnected. At the moment, our main focus is on human interactions, but that is changing quickly. The machine to machine communication is slowly but surely increasing.