UK Enterprise Software – 2008 Predictions

“If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.” -William Shakespeare

And so I confidently assure you that some of the following predictions may come true in 2008, and some may not.  Anyway it’s a bit of fun at the end of a year to speculate wildly about next year.  My job takes me into a wide range of enterprise sized organisations and I speak to both IT and business people.  Here’s my top 10 predictions for UK enterprise software, based on no more than anecdotal evidence collected from friends, customers, business partners, sales prospects and competitors:

  1. The credit crunch will continue to affect IT spending for 2008.  This will mean a trend away from major IT projects and smaller more incremental projects will be more in vogue.
  2. The length of time senior people stay in post is ever reducing.  This will continue to drive short termism and this will strengthen the enterprise resolve to look for incremental, rather than big bang change.  Executive bonuses are frequently paid against cost/income ratios or short term profits.  Major investments in large capital projects do not pay back in the required time period to fulfil bonus aspirations.
  3. Software as a Service (SaaS) and the like will become increasingly adopted by the enterprise as business users vote with their feet on offerings from the internal IT department that are too slow, too expensive and too capital hungry.
  4. Despite this, Web 2.0 technologies sold as Enterprise 2.0 (wikis, social networking, mashups et al) will be slower to take off despite the buzz.
  5. SOA will continue to be hyped by the big vendors but successful case studies will still be slow to emerge.
  6. Enterprise IT departments will start to realise that they need to align themselves more closely with the business.  They are ideally positioned to advise the business on how to use all IT, whether internal or external, built or purchased, collaborative or silo based.  The IT function will hopefully start to be seen as a trusted adviser rather than an obstructive gatekeeper.
  7. The percentage of IT budget spent on compliance issues will increase, especially in UK financial services where CCA 2006, MiFID, TCF (Treating Customers Fairly) and SOX, for example, will all feature.
  8. Security will remain a critical issue and automatically features right at the top of every CIO agenda. Because of various high profile customer data leaks in 2007, data protection will be a big ticket initiative in many large organisations.
  9. The green agenda will gather momentum with all organisations attaching increased importance to social and environmental responsibility. “Green computing” will be one of the hyped phrases of 2008.
  10. And finally, I hope Blue Prism will continue to grow rapidly, serving and adding value for all its stakeholders: Customers; staff; business partners; investors and government (taxes).

For me, 2007 has been a year of hard work, much progress, interesting people, and above all great fun, and I am looking forward optimistically to the next 12 months.

Can I wish you all health, happiness and good fortune in 2008.

3 Responses to “UK Enterprise Software – 2008 Predictions”

  1. Francis Carden Says:

    Heck, I can’t deny that most, if not all, on your list would be most of my list too. Merry Christmas. Good points.

  2. Ed French Says:

    Interesting list Alastair. I wonder if the public sector data leakage issues in 2007 will have any knock-on effect on enterprises too?

    “Enterprise IT departments will start to realise that they need to align themselves more closely with the business.”- I’d love to believe that’s true but find it hard to believe there’ll be much change in their behaviour!

  3. Geoff Dodd - Australia Says:

    Which seeds will grow? When IT and Marketing and customer service sit down together on equal footing and create customer-focused tailored solutions. IT must forget about their status and work in with people at the grass roots. Thanks for a fine blog here.

Leave a Reply