In a recent CTO Advisor video, Keith Townsend outlined an interesting thesis. He compares the state of IT to that of electricity during the industrial revolution. At a point, there was an inherent business value in being able to generate electricity more efficiently for individual organizations. However has costs came down and technology refined, it became feasible to rely on a few large businesses to provide power as a utility.
Keith supposes that modern IT is at a similar inflection point. As services move to the cloud, Keith believes there is increasingly less reason to run, innovate, and essentially reinvent them for individual businesses. While there are certainly important differences between IT and electricity, it’s an interesting way to look at how the market will shift in the future.
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