Collaboration has been a powerful force behind the evolution of IT. What was once a siloed, rigid organization, is now an interdependent, responsive team thanks to collaboration-centric strategies like agility and scrum processes.
Instead of reacting slowly to change, IT now plans room for it far in advance and remains flexible enough to respond in real time. Instead of waiting for lengthy analysis and approvals, IT now relies on teamwork and trust to race ahead on execution and delivery.
For these reasons, collaboration trends on the horizon are strong indicators of what the future of IT looks like.
6 Collaboration Trends That Will Mold the Future of IT
Here are six top predictions on what the future of IT looks like shared by John Perkins, Vice President of Global IT at PGi, at the 2015 Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego:
- Collaboration will be central to IT culture. First, every company became a technology company. Next, every company will be a collaboration company. For IT in particular, this not only means letting teamwork flourish but also strengthening partnerships across departments. IT will continue to practice agility, develop scrum processes and embed themselves throughout the entire organization.
- IT will migrate from assigned desks to shared spaces. As more Millennials enter the workplace, permanent, owned workspace will no longer hold as much value. For newer generations, space to claim with personal belongings matters far less than collective, collaborative spaces employees can gather around for teamwork.
- Remote teams will multiply. The most successful IT organizations will go where top talent is and not just rely on co-located workers. Great IT teams will be built on the principle that work is no longer confined to the office.
- IT will work together on purpose-built collaboration applications. Eventually, customized collaboration solutions will exist for every function, and IT will even have their own collaboration platform to build upon.
- Always-on tools will aid co-located and distributed agile IT teams. Communication and collaboration will no longer require “initiation” on the part of workers (today, even synchronous communications tools like chat and video conferencing require an action to start conversations, which creates barriers to agility). Just like in-person conversations, IT teams will have the ability to communicate instantly and seamlessly with coworkers, no matter where they are.
- Context will come to IT. Collaboration solutions of the future will bring context to IT, including relationships and history with collaborators and projects. Instead of searching for the latest project updates or where a conversation last ended, IT will have that information, without having to ask for it, empowering IT to act even faster.
Watch the entire presentation from John Perkins at the Gartner Catalyst Conference now, “360 Degrees of Collaboration: Distributed Agile Delivers,” to learn how the PGi VP transformed his distributed agile team into the fast-moving, highly effective IT organization it is today.
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