Re: 4 Data-Driven Predictions For IT Innovation
All in all, this sounds like a middling year for IT. We have a of solid base of innovation with cloudbursting and analytics, but it sounds like the big IoT-powered transformations that this infrastructure enables are still a few years off yet. Mixed in with that we have a little more lights-keeping-on than you might expect from the top 100 innovators, with budgets rising slightly and a sizeable chunk admitting that product development is still not a top IT priority at their company. I don't think any of that is a bad thing, mind you. After years of stagnance and an uneasy job market, I think it's even better than we could have hoped. Moreover, while I agree with the 'every business is digital' mantra, these numbers are a reminder that IT is a broad field - we need to be able to deliver that while staying on top of all our existing duties, and it's OK that that balancing act varies by company. It should.
Taking a look at the speakers for the InformationWeek conference next month, it looks like you guys have done a very good job of selecting presenters that compliment each other nicely. The ConocoPhillips CIO and Analytics Innovation Manager together go to show how seriously analytics are taken at such a major company, and how directly they're integrated to top-level decisions. Having someone from Kaggle (an analytics platform developer) and someone from UPS (an analytics platform user) sounds like a great recipe for explaining the technology in-depth while explaining the business case right alongside it. That type of one-two punch is important to get business-side people in the audience interested in working with IT, and helps IT deliver on an oft-repeated goal; integrating more closely with the business. Sounds like a show not to be missed!