Yea though I enter the valley of complexity I will not fear. Well actually I am a little scared. There is a fine line in which fear becomes terror.
Stranded in an island of technology you find confusion more often than you find clarity. Imagine if you will a world of the future – where the IT Sprawl we have today continues, year after year (layer after layer). It becomes like paint archeology. Digging below the surface layer of paint to find other colors layered on year after year. Layers that in fact are similar but only a little different.
That is the future of IT Sprawl. Layer upon layer of organizational capabilities that in the end aren’t used or leveraged or worse aren’t even touched. Department heads going around IT and buying their own software and managing it directly. We head back into the pre-dark ages of no IT.
You see IT does so much more than applications it is scary. But of course you wouldn’t know that from the Sprawl that is around. Capabilities that the organization desired and then in the end never uses.
IT was created as a business enabler (and we can argue the great gulf between the business and IT – I suspect there is less gulf and more bluster in that issue). Frankly IT has been very successful in adding capabilities to the enterprise. I am typing this blog on a machine that is connected to the internet easily and effectively I don’t worry about connectivity when I am at my office. I have a phone, pc, monitors and a printer in my office that all work. I have the majority of tools I need – (I would like Mindjet’s Mind Manager on my work PC) to do my job.
I suspect in my job I “actualize” the software I use more than other folks. In my previous job I had everything under the sun installed on my work PC. Now I only have the tools to do my job and frankly it changes how you use your PC. I’ve reduced my IT Sprawl by focusing machines on various tasks. I have a computer in my house that focuses on backups. I have an “Audio” computer and a game computer. I have a media computer (my Macintosh) and an RSS focused computer. I could do all the functions with one computer but the reality of my job is that I am supposed to be looking to the future, so I segregate the tasks. One PC could do all of those things however quite easily.
The next reality of computers I suspect will be the ability to have multiple machines on a single machine – partitioning solutions so that they are setup to be optimized. This would also allow people to have optimized solutions that are effective based on what they need at the time.
Imagine a future with no IT Sprawl and its “little friend” Solution Confusion – I can!