Asking IT about emerging trends in enterprise computing is increasingly a fool's errand.
Open source pioneer Billy Marshall once quipped that "the CIO is the last to know," because she was too far removed from what open-source code her IT team was downloading or which SaaS services they were accessing. Now this phrase may apply to entire IT organizations, with major lines of business tuning into the cloud and tuning out IT prescriptions.
Of course, this has been happening for years. What's striking is just how pervasive the shift away from IT has become.