I've said it before and I'll say it again: It doesn't matter how you feel about Web 2.0, you're going to have to deploy it or it'll happen without you.
Now. Please send me a check for $1,500.
Or, you can pay Gartner and pretty much learn the same thing.
According to this Computerworld article, Gartner shared this unsettling, but very realistic statistics at its ITxpo in Cannes France:
At least 70 percent of organizations without an IT-supported deployment of blogs and wikis will face unofficial deployments by 2009.
Seventy-percent within two years. Now, how many of you are supporting blogs and wikis? Be honest. Now, here's the catch: How many of you use this technology to collaborate with suppliers, business clients and customers? Gartner isn't talking here about internal use of Web 2.0 - it's referring to real, business-changing Web 2.0 outside the traditional corporate firewall.
Which leads us to another Gartner statistic:
Six out of 10 IT collaboration projects will link businesses with their suppliers, customers and other partners by 2009.
You might as well substitute the word "collaboration" for integration, because where there's one, the other is bound to follow. There are, as this piece explains, risks. But those risks aren't likely to stop rogue Web 2.0 technology from creeping into your infrastructure.
Nobody asked me, but it's my blog, so I'll offer: Instead of using the possibility of risk to postpone the inevitable, why not act first? IT certainly will do a better job of mitigating those risks than business users. Plus, you'll be able to emerge as the good guy, the business enabler - instead of the curmudgeon who claimed it couldn't be done.