10) How will cloud deployments turn out in 2012?
Private cloud implementations will continue to grow steadily and for even mission critical applications, as organisations realise that scalability and cost performance benefits can be substantial. Public cloud implementations will remain more cautious, especially for regulated industries. Accenture believes that a hybrid cloud, one that honours the sovereign regulations under which a company operates, will become increasingly important in improving the agility of hyper growth companies.
11) What IT job junctions will be hot in 2012?
The Chief Risk Officer will remain essential - to better balance risk and security needs. This balance is becoming increasingly important in delivering newer services to customers at a faster speed. The Chief Architect will become more important again - as organisations seek to take advantage of cloud, mobility, analytics, and social, while modernising their own solutions to participate in the digital era. IT Operations Manager will become more visible, as new, 24x7 services continue to be delivered - having them highly available, responsive and secure will be essential to maintaining the trust of digital consumers and digital employees.
12) What advice do you have for IT leaders and personnel for 2012?
Nimble organisations sense, learn and act. There are a myriad of new solutions and new technologies that can bring real value to an organisation. Engage a wider ecosystem of partners to tap into these lessons, sense what is important, what works and what doesn't. But most importantly, take these insights and turn them into action as soon as possible. It may be the only way to stay ahead of the Joneses.
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