For the next few days, I'll be at Forrester's IT Forum in Las Vegas (of course). The conference is centered on Forrester's Business Technology agenda:
"...a time for some soul searching in IT, a time to learn from past lessons and create a better way. Forrester calls this new mandate business technology (BT), where every business activity is enabled by technology and every technology decision hinges on a business need."
The goal of the conference is to enable a real-world transformation to Business Technology. Forrester breaks this transformation into five interrelated efforts:
"Connect people more fluidly to drive innovation. You serve a more socially oriented, device-enabled population of both information workers and customers. You want to empower both groups without losing control of costs or hurting productivity.
Infuse business processes with business insight. You support structured business processes but lose control as they bump heads with a multitude of unstructured processes. You want to connect both forms of process to actionable data, but you struggle with data quality and silos.
Simplify always and everywhere. You have the tools to be more agile, but you face a swamp of software complexity and unnecessary functionality. You want technologies, architectures, and management processes that are more fit-to-purpose.
Deliver services, not assets. You want to speak in terms that the business understands, but you find your staff confined to assets and technologies. You want to shift more delivery to balance-sheet-friendly models but struggle to work through vendor or legacy icebergs.
Create new, differentiated business capabilities. Underpinning all of these efforts, you want to link every technology thought -- from architecture to infrastructure to communities -- to new business capabilities valued by your enterprise."
Given your and my broad perspectives, I'll be attending sessions from all tracks to get the big picture. My detailed live-blog posts will be at elemental links. I'll post some summaries here.