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In the past six years, technology has had a dramatic impact on the workplace, and the next six years will likely see the influence of technology accelerate. That will mean radical changes for the role of the IT department and chief information officer (CIO).

It is difficult to underestimate the pace of change, said Alastair Behenna, principle analyst serving CIOs at analyst group Forrester Research, speaking to an audience of IT leaders at Computer Weekly’s CW500 club.

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“Six years ago, did we think we would have a billion smartphones today? Did we think we would have a workforce rising up for IT, saying 'We want it, we want it'? Did we think Apple and Google would dominate the way they do now?” he said.

What is clear, is that the convergence of mobility, big data, the cloud, collaboration tools and the internet of things will mean sweeping changes not only for business in general, but also for the role and function of the IT department.

CIOs will need to become much more focused on innovation, and less focused on just “keeping the lights on”.

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Victor Newman, author, advisory board member and mentor at Social Innovation Lab Kent (Silk). Download Victor's presentation. Watch a video interview.
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Alastair Behenna, principal analyst serving CIOs, Forrester. Watch a video interview.
The internet of things will be much bigger than we ever thought, said Victor Newman, advisor to the Social Innovation Lab Kent (Silk), and CIO at the Institute for the Study of Zombie Organisations.

According to network supplier Cisco, the number of intelligent objects connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on the planet five years ago. By 2020, it predicts there will be 50 billion devices connected to the…...

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