Kill or Be Killed. That, in essence, was one of the key themes for IT leaders this week at Gartner’s Symposium and IT Expo. During his keynote, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen implored the audience “to think about who could kill you.”
He wasn’t being flip, and it seemed like again and again the message for IT leaders attending was that they needed to destroy—or, at the very least, rethink—the way IT delivers business services and processes today. “Some of you,” Christensen stated, “will be slow of foot about innovation and will likely be killed.”
He also spoke of the “giant killers in the form of disruptive innovations” that are facing technology vendors today. But that message—not just from Christensen but from other Gartner presentations—was also relevant to CIOs: Cloud computing, along with business leaders making their own IT decisions combined with the consumerization of IT could disrupt CIOs right out of a job. (For instance, by 2014, Gartner predicts that IT leaders will lose a quarter of their IT spending control to individual business units; and by 2017, the CMO may have a bigger IT budget than the CIO.)
Since the underlying theme was about disrupting the status quo, SAP was an obvious and frequent target. In a post on the event, ZDNet’s Larry Dignan writes:
The strategies of IBM, HP, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Cisco—old standbys for enterprise tech buyers—should be viewed as “long-term risky,” said Peter Sondergaard, SVP of research at Gartner. Going forward, these vendors should be judged on how they embrace mobile, social and cloud. Apple and Google will be disruptive enterprise vendors. You’ll buy from all of them.
One of the most retweeted messages from the event came from Gartner’s Twitter account: “Managing destruction is just as important as managing creation. When you get back to work, go destroy something.”
Do you agree? And what things about your SAP environment will you “innovate” on and what will you “destroy”?
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