Recently, I’ve been working with our executive briefing folks and a number of others on megatrends – the industry independent trends that will shape our lives in the future and their effect on business decision making. These will naturally shape how technology is consumed as well.
In the process, a number of meta-drivers fell out that may shape the megatrends. Yes, this is turning into a convoluted network of interactions and that is why some models to assess these interactions are so important. These categories for these meta-drivers seemed to be:
- Engagement – this is what drives social, concepts like flow and maybe even the Internet of Things
- Simplicity – addressing the limitations of our ability to consume
- Efficiency – this embraces the concept of abundance and scarcity
- Flexibility – the need to adjust quickly (probably the sustained driving factor for cloud techniques)
- Security – we all know about this, if you don’t feel safe almost nothing else matters
- Visibility – the need for contextual understanding in order to act (one of the reasons for the current focus on Big Data)
Are these too simple? What have I left out?? It surprised me how old some of the links I identified were to link to this post.
It seems like many of our decisions could use an indicator showing how they increase or decrease these categories. We could use this as part of defining our expectations.
How many times do we make decisions that increase security but radically decrease flexibility or visibility, for example? You hear that discussion about our personal as well as our business lives today.
Even a simple model can focus your attention in useful ways to help maximize the benfits of information technology.
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IT needs to both listen and speak. We need to listen to what is happening in the business as well as the market. We need to have a vision, figuring out the problem areas before people realize they can be addressed, and then evangelize a new world of possibilities and value.
We can’t just let the needs of the organization be defined by others – while at the same time, we need to respond to the needs that are defined for us.
What are the most dramatic game-changing innovations or trends coming in the future with regard to the Workforce, Work Styles, Technology and the Workplace?