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5 questions you should be asking about the future

Thornton May | June 12, 2015
Things IT leaders need to be thinking about to prepare for what’s coming.

Coming back to the Google Glass teachable moment, one wonders what job consumers are hiring this product for -- delivering hands-free information from a smartphone? 

Is your dream big enough?

We live in a world of selfies. Will we live in a future of rational self-awareness? Identity management -- not the security-related establishment and maintenance of network access, but the existential psychological exercise of determining who we are -- will be a real-time exercise in the future. Self-perceptions can be limiting. 

Danuta Hübner, Poland's minister for European affairs, was concerned. "We keep seeing ourselves as a small country. In fact, Poland is a big country. We should have the responsibilities that come with being a big country." How do organizations perceive themselves and their future? Is Uber merely a software-enabled replacement for the local taxi monopoly, or is it a logistics software company? 

Will we have the skills we need?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs and only 400,000 computer science students to fill those roles. According to McKinsey, in the United States alone there is a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to understand and make decisions based on the analysis of big data. Should enterprises create "corporate universities" to guarantee a pipeline of appropriate skills? 

These are just five of at least 20 questions organizations need to be asking themselves about the future.

 

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