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Let’s face it: the pace of business change isn’t likely to slow down.

Just think about the last few years. Not long ago, a company could feel technologically accomplished with a website and some mobile apps. Today, that business also needs to be thinking about social media, cloud computing, and multiple mobile platforms, if not also wearable apps, voice and gesture interfaces, machine learning, the Internet of Things, or any of the many other advances shaping today’s economy.

This relentless rate of change is the new normal. Going forward, new technology trends will likely be born, succeed, and die faster than ever, perhaps in less than a decade. Industries from transportation to household goods to energy will continually reinvent themselves through technology.

The only constant across all the change? Businesses will need to adapt fast and often, which will require levels of efficiency few companies have yet achieved.

Avoiding the fortress

The future described above is at odds with the approach many enterprises are used to: optimization for control rather than, and often at the expense of, speed. In IT, this approach often creates a virtual fortress behind firewalls, “trusted” networks, central control of devices, and monolithic applications designed to maximize control and security, but not to keep pace with change. To today’s CIOs, the fortress may be tempting not only because of its history as a primary corporate IT approach but also because of the protection it ostensibly provides.

In reality, the security the fortress approach delivers is tenuous.

As many companies have learned, an IT fortress can mean little once the “barbarians have penetrated the gates.” Often, the key isn’t building walls around the organization but rather allowing others in and investing in better user authentication and better monitoring and analysis of how users behave. In other words, locking down an organization doesn’t Read More Here