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IT departments will be extinct in two years

The IT department will not disappear by 2013 after all, but actually two years earlier because of the recession, says the head of software...

The IT department will not disappear by 2013 after all, but actually two years earlier because of the recession, says the head of software as a service (SaaS) supplier Nasstar, who predicted the IT department's demise.

The recession will accelerate the use of SaaS as companies attempt to cut costs. This will mean less need for IT management, said Charles Black, CEO at hosted software provider Nasstar. He predicted last year that web-based applications will make the traditional IT department redundant.

He said last year that IT is becoming a utility and the cost of management will be replaced by simple plug and play software over the internet.

But Black has brought the demise of the IT forward. "Since I made that prediction in March 2008 the economy has worsened. We are now officially in recession and the move towards cloud computing has gathered pace considerably as companies look to trim costs without denting efficiency. I now think it is entirely likely the IT department as we know it will be a thing of the past as early as 2011," he said.

"Companies are shifting the overheads of cost, infrastructure and management outside their own four walls and choosing simply to pay for what they use," added Black.

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