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IT companies face outsourced future

Companies in the future will increasingly look to buy services and applications rather than build their own IT infrastructure.

Companies in the future will increasingly look to buy services and applications rather than build their own IT infrastructure, a senior Sun Microsystems executive predicted today.

Speaking at a press briefing for the MENA region at Sun's headquarters in California, US, Sun Microsystems senior vice-president and CIO Bob Worrall predicted companies will increasingly acquire services in the future instead of developing their own.

"Over time we believe that the services and applications that an IT organization delivers today will no longer be developed, maintained, deployed by IT organisations and large companies, but [we] will simply buy those secure services over the public internet," he told attendees.

"It really is a fundamental change for IT. The enterprise begins to acquire services rather than building and maintaining them themselves," he added.

He suggested that IT organisations in the future will have a different, more advisory role.

"What we're suggesting is the IT organisations of tomorrow are like your doctor... they will work with our business partners to diagnose the problem and then we'll work with our service providers and partner our internal business partners with those service providers," he continued.

"What we're suggesting is that over time the IT organisation as we know it goes away," he added.

One consequence of this change, he said, would be a shift away from roles requiring traditional IT skills towards roles such as vendor manager or contract specialist.

There would also be a reduced need for data centres as well as cost implications as the cost of maintaining applications is typically a significant element in an IT budget, he added.

Michele Howe was invited to California by Sun Micrososystems to attend its summit for the international technology press.

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