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Forrester Research Identify “mega trend” of Empowered Business Technology

Forrester Research Definition of Empowered Business Technology (EBT)

“The empowered era has brought about a paradigm shift for IT organizations. Employees and customers are no longer relying on IT to provision and manage technology. They are using social, mobile, cloud, video, and EBT technologies to bypass IT. Your customers now expect on-demand information, customized user experiences, and mobile apps. Some CIOs have reacted to this shift by vigorously defending their turf from these encroachments. Others have ceded control to third-party service providers and business managers who now make their technology decisions. Forrester believes that these changes bring a unique opportunity for CIOs to step up and transform their IT organizations into influential and critical business partners. The voyage will not be easy for many CIOs, and it will require a completely different mindset, organizational competency, governance model, and sourcing strategy.”

The Operational Agility Forum in July of 2009 identified this trend – the forum named it “Business Led Computing” and now a mainstream industry analyst has identified the trend also (nearly 2 years later). The forum is delighted that analysts are beginning to recognise the paradigm shift to “For the business, by the business” IT solutions and capabilities for “self service” business process automation – to find out more about Forrester and the role of IT in Business Process automation visit the OAF library.

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