"More than ever before, we [IT] face real competition. Cloud providers market directly to our business partners who are savvier than ever about technology. As a result, our business partners expect to order services at a published price over the web." quotes ZDNet Blogger Joe McKendrick from a book published by a non-profit group of Fortune 500 leaders dedicated to helping CIOs "run IT as a business." McKendrick goes on to share the recommendations made by this group for IT to stay competitive with the Saasy and cloudy types. However, it is not enough to just be competitive. IT needs to have a healthy co-existence with the "Saasy and Cloudy R Us" companies and change the IT DNA to drive co-opetition while being competitive. This is vital to addressing the challenges posed by the split-second availability of IT services to business users today.
With the consumerization of the enterprise, the biggest challenge now facing company CIOs is how to provide access to corporate collaborative platforms, applications and information on personal devices in an efficient and secure way. Watch this video from the HP Cloud Summit 2011 for more information: What challenges does the consumerization of IT present to CIOs?, an interview with Sukhi Gill, HP Fellow and EMEA Chief Technologist, Enterprise Services.