The digital transformation revolution continues at pace, so is it the right time to re-evaluate the term 'information technology'? IT as a phrase has been around for decades, itself a subset of ICT. After all, we rarely use the likes of 'www.' as a prefix any longer and that's only been around for 25-odd years. As we know, the IT industry loves its acronyms but isn't afraid to quietly drop some (and admittedly replace them with four others). Perhaps it's time to just talk Technology?
IT departments aren't going away—regardless of what they are called. But they must become more strategic and savvy in the ways of all technologies and business. As the digital age unfolds, it's increasingly clear that the concept of IT—and what the enterprise IT department oversees—is changing. Although information is at the center of everything, there's a need for business and IT leaders to step back and take a much broader view of technology. Thanks to the cloud and everything-as-a-service, IT departments are no longer required to focus primarily on keeping the lights on and the power running. That alone isn't a bulletin. Neither is the fact that IT must strategically align with the business.