I overheard an enterprise CIO say this week that the Cloud reminds him of springtime! When I asked why he responded, “Because I’m feeling a need to clean out all my old IT tools and platforms.” Another colleague then said, “The past decade has been like a long IT winter—there’s a lot of cleaning to be done.”
I’m hearing similar sentiments everywhere these days—“Out with old, in with the new.” This is not a surprise. It‘s been ten years since the IT age of over-buying ended with the bubble bursting in the spring of 2000. In the past ten years venture money dried up, IT teams were slashed and outsourcing became the norm as we entered the age of the “Accounting CIO”. It was a time when the CIO’s primary task was to triage existing projects, cut costs and maintain current positions versus leveraging new technology for competitive advantage.
In this IT springtime innovation is in full bloom, based in large part on the seeds planted over the past few years, such as the explosion of mobile devices, proliferation of rich Internet applications and widespread accessibility of utility/cloud computing. And, it’s been driven by a new type of consumer that leverages technology (new devices and applications) as their instruments of consumption. Everywhere you look there is innovation. From the applications we are building, to the platforms that deliver them, to the devices that we deliver them on—change is in the air. It appears to be a fresh start, when innovation returns as a competitive advantage. Damn, I love the springtime!
About the Author
As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.