A few years ago, there was much ado about the “consumerization” of IT, and its impact on IT operations. As a CIO, “consumerization” was an issue, but in my experience the more profoundly impactful trend has really been the “IT-ification” of business. I’ve spent the last 20 years watching as information technologies creep into every aspect of business operations, from human resources to point-of-sale systems to healthcare delivery. While we’ve been moving in this direction for a while now, I believe that 2015 is the year when organizations will really begin to understand just how strategic a weapon IT can be. Over the next 12 months, expect to see the following trends crystallize around the recognition of the strategic business value of IT.