Economists suspect 2013 will be a year of slow growth in Canada, but an information technology market research firm warns those who oversee IT departments not to relax.
The bywords for 2013 are “manage complexity and deliver value,” Tony Olvet, group vice-president of the company’s research domains said looking over IDC Canada’s predictions for the coming year.
That means getting a great return on all of the investments the organization has made in cloud, mobility, analytics and social media, he said.
Specifically, “getting serious about security” – one of the predictions is that there will be a major privacy breach in the public or private sector in 2013 -- and “looking at putting business processes on mobile platforms” will be vital Olvet said. There will be great demand from C-level executives on making mobile workers “significantly more productive.”
And, added, Lars Goransson, the Canadian division’s vice-president and general manager, executives want things done fast.
“There is no patience for six-month or year-long implementations,” he said. “Functionality is needed now. That’s something the IT manager has to realize – speed of deployment is absolutely critical. There’s so much change in a lot of industries. They’re under a lot of pressure right now. so competitive advantage can be built quickly -- and can eroded extremely quickly now.”
They made the comments during a briefing for reporters prior to an IDC Canada Webcast today which will detail more of their predictions.
The other thing that jumped out during the briefing is that chief information/IT mangers are going to have to fight with line-of-business managers to get back control of the corporate IT agenda.
It’s far too easy for the business side to sign up for cloud-based services without IT knowing Goransson and Olvet agreed. “They are much more aggressive than IT from a time perspective,” said Goransson, “they don’t have the same number of concerns, and for them speed of deployment of the functionally they need to keep up with their business” is paramount.
“IT needs to get back into the driver’s seat. they need to take more responsibility for (IT) strategy and ensure that the line of business doesn’t run off and get into trouble by signing up services that are difficult to integrate with the rest of the business.”
Goransson said CIOs/IT managers also has to erase the impression that when it talks to C-level executives about some of these concerns, especially security, that it isn’t trying to throw up roadblocks.
Overall, IDC Canada believes Canadian organizations will continue to see developments around four main technologies that can transform business processes: cloud computing, mobility, big data/analytics and social media.