IT's role in the enterprise is rapidly evolving due to technical, social, and cultural changes springing forth across the landscape. Once upon a time, IT represented the high priesthood of computing, serving and protecting great machines whose cost, complexity, and operating requirements were nearly unfathomable to mere mortals. Today's CIO serves a less technical, yet far more demanding, master: enterprise business needs and requirements.
In many organizations, an uneasy relationship has developed between IT and the business. Like members of a dysfunctional family, these groups' mutual mistrust leads to a variety of problems, including major IT failures. Unfortunately, solving the dysfunctional relationship between the business side and IT requires more than therapy. I believe nothing less than a complete and impartial re-examination of IT's role in the enterprise will repair this crucial relationship.
Given this, I'm announcing a new interview series, called Naked IT: Conversations with innovators, which will be interspersed with the usual blog postings. Starting next week, I'll speak with entrepreneurs, journalists, investors, inventors and academics to learn about the changing face of IT, directly from people whose work is breaking new ground and shaping the future.
This will be an exciting series and I'm already working on great interviews. Stay tuned!
If want to recommend someone to be interviewed, please drop a line either by email or Twitter.