Deb Perelman: computing shifts out of private data centers and into
Careers ‘the cloud.’”
CARR (AGAIN) Because individual employees will be able to engage
PREDICTS IT’ in the processing of information directly, they won’t
S DEMISE need a legion of technical specialists to help them
In 2004, nicholas carr cre- along—and this will impact businesses tremen-ated a few waves—not to dously.
mention drew the ire of IT professionals and But what about the IT worker? Carr seems to rec-struck fear into the hearts of CEOs and CFOs— ommend a move into information management and
when he wrote the book “Does IT Matter?” strategy.
In the book, Carr reasoned that IT had become a “Over the next five or 10 years, the technical aspect
commodity, offering companies little strategic advan- of the IT department will become less important,”
tage because as soon as one company adopts a new Carr told eWeek sister publication CIO Insight. “It will
technology, its competitors do the same. slowly evaporate as more of those experts go outside
In 2008, Carr is back again with his new book, onto the grid. But the information management and
“The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to information strategy elements will become, if anything,
Google.” This time around, Carr predicts the demise more important. The ways companies take advantage
of corporate IT departments, to be replaced by utility of digitized information will become more important,
computing. not less.”
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