The democratization of technology we have seen happening these past years, means access to technology has become so much easier for everyone. Whereas the past couple of decades have been marked as the era for “The Revenge of the Nerds”, I am starting to wonder whether this is about to change.
There have been posted several articles over the past year about how business units are operating as start-ups, as this one from the Gartner analyst, Peter Sondergaard. Is it still the “nerds” who will dictate the future lighthouses and roadmaps of digital developments, or are the “Mark Zuckerbergs” about to be challenged by business people in the HR, sales and marketing departments?
Working with companies from different industries addressing the digital shift, has made me believe that the “power change” is upon us. Business people are moving into the driver seat for steering digital developments, as they realize digital disruptions may or have already killed parts of their revenue streams, changed how their customers find and experience their brand, weakened their employee retention rates, etc. They now understand they need to take ownership of the digital disruptions, embrace the change and look at new opportunities as a result.
Whereas few working in business units showed much interest in technology just few years ago, this has now dramatically changed. Business people who embrace technology and search out new ways to leverage it within their domain, will be the ones shaping their business and their industry for the future, thereby becoming the leaders of tomorrow. I can´t wait to see how it will pan out!
A Tip for You
The trending topic of business people moving into the driving seat for digital developments has made the IT-department realize they are about to loose control. If you are a business person ready to embrace digital change, and do not have resources within your department that possess digital competence, it probably makes sense to involve the IT department in your plans. They represent expertise and knowledge you will need in the long run. Bring them onboard on your journey, rather than shutting them out – as long as you stay in the driving seat, and still will be making the big decisions that will impact what the technology ultimately will deliver business wise.
Photo: The lead cast of “Revenge of the Nerds” – the movie (1984)