Inquiries with research clients and discussions with IT providers have prompted quite a bit of recent discussion and re-examination of our survey data regarding how enterprise IT and business leaders expect their firms to acquire and deploy new business software over the next few years.

The bottom line: Our survey data analysis suggests something fairly different from what most enterprise IT and business leaders have been discussing – i.e., not a steady, rapid move to pure-play Cloud-based software, but a re-sizing, and then broadening, of the enterprise business software “footprint” to include more and more hybridized on-premises-plus-Cloud solutions and services. A new Strategic Perspective for our subscription research clients looks at how that footprint is shifting and broadening, not simply flipping from one type (on-premises) to another (Cloud), and how this affects enterprise needs for IT and business management, along with IT provider opportunities.

The reality of a shifting “footprint” of new business software types indicates several associated, cascading changes within enterprises – and effects/impacts upon the IT providers serving them. The most significant effect (and cause!) is the continued and accelerating growth of multiple types of hybridized IT and business environments. As buying preferences shift and broaden, the range and types of skills and services needed to enable and support business operations will shift, and most likely broaden.

That suggests, if not guarantees, that IT organizations will not only continue to have a role in the Cloud-oriented enterprise business era, but that role is going to shift and grow fairly rapidly. Look for increased IT spending, along with fairly diverse blends of internal and external technological and management resources. The sun isn’t necessarily setting on enterprise IT – it’s much more likely to be dawning a new day.

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This blog originally appeared at Saugatuck Lens360. Published with permission.

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