Best indications now are that some parts of IT's responsibilities will be outsourced to external cloud providers, but not all. Every company needs someone inside who can help make the complicated stuff work correctly so everyone can get their jobs done.
That's why IT is in no immediate danger of being completely eliminated.
That's not to say individual IT managers or departments aren't in any danger of being eliminated.
Given the overwhelming percentages of end users wanting to use their own devices to do their work, and the comparatively small number of IT departments willing to do much to help them, I'd expect a whole lot of CIOs and senior IT managers will be having very uncomfortable conversations with business-unit managers soon.
Not the kind of conversation that leads to more streamlining of your standardization and technology approval policies. The kind that leads to more standardization and alignment of IT policies with the goals of the company itself.
I'm really surprised there is still this much resistance to BYOD in IT. I know it's a big headache in terms of technology, support, standardization, security, ongoing cell-carrier data plans and all the rest of the complications involved with connecting people and computers on terms acceptable to the humans, not the computers.
It's unquestionably difficult.
Equally unquestionably, it is the future of corporate computing. Maybe not the future for IT, whose future might involve unemployment lines and a lot more free time.
But it's definitely the future of the everyday, every-minute use of technology designed to allow people to live their lives and do their work at the same time.
If you're in IT, how about doing your part to help out? Please?
For your own sakes.
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