As cloud computing really starts to take hold, some features of the landscape are becoming clearer. At least they seem clearer to me.
First, the disruption happens disruptively:
- Through consumers and smaller business customers, rather than through the biggest enterprises.
- Through applications converting to SaaS delivery and non-critical, experimental, or bursty infrastructure rather than mission-critical infrastructure.
- Through “consumerization of IT”, where demand for iPads and cool apps drives the need for new delivery models
Second, the disruption will move upward to larger organizations, first through private clouds, then hybrid clouds, and then full-dress clouds. (Of course, larger organizations use SaaS applications and suffice iPads and cool apps today, so they need some kind of cloud solutions today.)
Third, however, is interesting: if IT moves out of the enterprise and into the cloud, why do you need an IT organization over time… and why do you need a CIO?
The CIO’s job is to make sure that the house IT plant supports the mission of the organization. Already other functions are trying to make IT decisions without the CIO: implementing Salesforce, constructing mobile apps, buying kit for websites. It stands to reason that the CIO’s job loses power over time.
CIOs have barely been able to pry themselves free from reporting to CFOs. Will they report to CMOs next?