[photopress:Hierarchy_control_sm.jpg,full,alignright]I had the pleasure to meet JP Rangaswami in person last week, who I had invited to speak as a keynote speaker at the FASTForward ’08 conference. He spoke of the three main forces that are causing a powershift towards the individuals within the enterprise.
The first one is that of youth versus expertise. In this day and age, expertise is no longer connected to age, and while that is causing a fair amount of friction between the geeks and the geezers, it is an inevitable force that is driving change.
The second one is the democratization of participation. No longer is participation elitist, no longer do you need to ask for permission – the amateur hour has arrived.
The last one is that FAST is the new GOOD. Releasing alpha software, having perennial betas is the new way of doing business.
While there is major resistance to all those forces, combined they will cause a massive transformation within the enterprise. Combined with the powershift which already took place between companies and their customers, they could very well alter the way we think of firms forever.