Re: Getting cross-functional teams will be a big accomplishment
@Charlie. Interesting observation about those who saw the significance of Java. That was a timeframe when you really could see which IT people (and IT teams) "got it" in terms of the web. They were the ones who moved forward and looked for opportunities, while others merely survived (for a little while). It's a trend that we see with key technology advances. I remember being amazed when meeting CIOs who still didn't use a PC in the 1990s, a decade after many of their "end users". The mentality was that their secretaries did the typing.
Talk about embracing emerging tech. I interviewed the IT team at a medical devices company whose sales reps needed new tools to demonstrate their products to doctors -- in the very short timeslots that doctors allowed them -- and the IT team saw enough in the first iPad (graphics, instant on, connections to the enterprise apps) to place a huge first-day order.
IT pros don't have to be on a bleeding edge, but they do need to consider the possibilities that new tech present.