I don’t hear the word ‘imagine’ when I am in conversations with colleagues about how we put technology to work.  I wonder why that is.  I know, because it is hard.  So when I found a piece of original thinking that imagined how the future might change with a rethink of how we deploy technology I felt compelled to share it.

It is not earth shattering, it is topical in these times of austerity affecting public spending and in my view entirely practical.

As we have taken IT in our businesses and organisations with a zeal to drive productivity and a myriad of other reasons it is highly likely that silos of IT have been created and that has created a legacy of complexity and cost.  No bad thing if it delivered on its promise.  Not particularly how you would have preferred it to be with hindsight.  So, do we go on as we are or do we learn from the past?

Perhaps we have reached a point where we undertake an exercise in ‘imagination’ before we exercise more ‘consumption’ of IT and create a vision.  It will be messy at first, perhaps even appear elusive yet gives a reference to where you want to get to and that tempers the consumption.  Your suppliers won’t like that.  They  may not be willing to or feel confident to participate in that conversation.  Perhaps that is a test for your supplier – help me imagine the future.  If they say, what are you talking about, perhaps you need to talk to some other suppliers.  Many IT suppliers talk about IT as a ‘strategic resource’; well if it is tell me why that is and deliver on your words.

strategic |strəˈtējik|

adjective

relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them

imagination |iˌmajəˈnāSHən|

noun

the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses: she’d never been blessed with a vivid imagination.

• the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful: technology gives workers the chance to use their imagination.