Until recently expenditures on information technology (IT) came chiefly out of IT’s budget. That may change steadily but surely as technology plays a greater role in the conduct of businesses. Technology research organization Gartner has said that by 2015, “more than a third of enterprise IT expenditures will be managed outside the IT department as other units directly source and fund their own software systems.”
Besides the reallocation of the IT budget, yet another key related technology trend that is determining the future of IT, finance, and the entire company is the adoption of cloud services. As businesses transform into so-called digital enterprises in which, for example, employees progressively carry their own smart phones and tablets to the workplace to access business applications and corporate information, companies should be prepared to support multiple devices without compromising security.
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