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5 areas of IT that will end soon

Byron Connolly | June 2, 2015
Vito Forte looks into his crystal ball and predicts the future of IT.

Former Fortescue Metals CIO, Vito Forte, lists the 5 areas of technology that he believes will soon disappear as corporate IT gets ready for the next wave of disruption.

Forte gave his predictions during a presentation at the CIO Summit in Perth.

1. The end of end-user device management

This includes managed operating environments, standard operating environments and mobile device management.

Forte asked the audience, "Does anyone have any of this stuff work -- ever?" He said his children -- aged 20 and 22 -- like other generation Yers, have no tolerance for devices when they don't work.

"They are the future workforce. We expend a large amount of effort trying to control the uncontrollable," he said. "And it doesn't add any value to the business."

2. The end of the 'walled garden' corporate network

"If you not building for the Internet, what are you doing? Why do we have a corporate network at all?" he asked.

"We seem to have a corporate network which fundamentally, all it seems to do is connect some device that we perceive has to sit within a walled garden environment to the Internet," he said.

"You can do that without all of that infrastructure and cost and hassle associated with it. Have we really thought about this walled garden and why it exists?"

Forte said that during his previous role as CIO at Fortescue Metals, he worked outside this 'walled garden' to make sure people were delivering solutions that actually functioned properly.

"If you live inside a walled garden, you take shortcuts. Security, for instance, is an afterthought -- [people] assume that the walls are big, thick and high and [they don't] have to worry about security," he said.

Companies also have issues around aggregated access rights and when people spend a long enough time at an organisation, they never lose access rights to many applications, he said.

"We don't design things to readjust and review and refine that capability," he said. "We just say, 'here have access to another file library, another application.' Ten years later, they've still got access to something that they probably shouldn't have. It's too hard to solve that issue," he said.

He said it's a 'fantasy and fallacy' that IT can create global solutions -- using identity management as an example -- that 'solve world hunger'. But all they do is create more pain and encourage people to work around them at every opportunity.

"The key message is that if you are not building your applications to be delivered on the Internet, through the Internet and like the Internet, what you are doing?" he asked.

3. The end of the enterprise data centre


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