Reimagining Business and Tech in the Digital Age

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Mainstream Collaboration

This is the year we'll see the scrappy startup mentality toward collaboration truly hit the mainstream — and the beginning of the end for the "job description" as we know it.

Even within established, legacy organizations, employees can no longer expect to be judged solely on how well they fulfill their own job descriptions. The game has changed — now, setting others up for success has become a key performance metric as well, as formerly disparate departments such as IT and the line-of-business collide and new hybrid roles like the "citizen developer" emerge.

In this new environment, employees that stay within the confines of their job and department boundaries will stagnate, while those that push boundaries in the pursuit of revenue growth will thrive. Ultimately, the new value being placed on cross-collaboration is heralding the end of the traditional "job description" as we know it.

Digital transformation is quickly changing the way businesses work. It is no longer just the marketing department's territory, but has seeped through to other branches like IT and operations — sparking significant changes in the way organizations hire, work and measure success.

We've long been talking about the tech talent shortage as an industry, but one theme that will quickly emerge from this slideshow is that there isn't a shortage as much as a need to reimagine traditional tech roles, matching them with emerging processes and trends. The more forward-looking organizations and CIOs are well on their way to accommodating this new paradigm — they have new (or no) job descriptions, they do things differently from their predecessors, and they have new goals and metrics. What's more, this trend will become more mainstream in 2016, causing CIOs to quickly become smarter with the concept of digital transformation and the changes it brings in its wake.

Here are five ways IT is going to change in 2016, as identified by John Carione, product marketing and strategy leader, Intuit QuickBase.

 

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