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Posted by Brian Hopkins on June 3, 2011
When we get used to something, we often think it will never change, but it does eventually; who bought a house in 2006 and assumed the value would surely keep going up?
We are working at an architectural inflection point. The signals are all around us – cloud, big data, mobility, smart computing, etc. While each of these appears to be only modestly connected, I think together they signify a major shift in how business gets done and in the architecture that supports it. If true, this means the tried-and-true Business-Data-Applications-Technology model architected and delivered by central IT will not serve us much longer.
Consider the following:
What does this all add up to? Even the most brick-and-mortar shops cannot survive on trucked-in products and cash in the register – business and technology are inseparable. We need a new architecture that deals with the new reality: Business is going to get more complex, and technology will be simple on the outside and unfathomably complicated under the hood. The operating model realized from the new architecture will first diminish then extinguish centralized IT.
Things don’t stay the same forever . . . home prices can go down.
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