When you think about the future of business technology, it's easy for some to be pessimistic. After all, U.S. universities are attracting fewer students interested in technology and science, hackers are getting smarter and more devious, IT jobs are going overseas, the threat of terror creates economic uncertainty, and the Nasdaq continues to quaver.
But let's look at why we think the future for technology innovation is bright. Global spending on R&D is up, economies are expanding thanks to tech skills and education, productivity continues to rise, collaboration among people and companies oceans apart is growing, and work in business and government research labs is awe-inspiring. Global businesses are getting stronger, smarter, and more productive thanks to technology. IT departments aren't just implementers of technology, they're revenue generators, business-process reengineers, and corporate transformers and change agents.
There's every reason to believe that businesses and consumers have only scratched the surface of what technological innovation of the future will look like.
As InformationWeek celebrates 25 years in publishing, we bring you this report of what the past two-and-a-half decades looked like, and, more important, what we can expect in the future. From the magazine's earliest days, we've been writing about the growing strategic role of technology in business, and today, that role is more critical than ever. It's incredible how far this industry has come, and we salute all of our readers, Web-site visitors, event attendees, advisers, and business partners. Thank you for being part of our community. We're looking forward to another 25 years in business-technology innovation.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.