Most IT departments will employ half as many people in 2008

Gartner predicts that increased concentration on business processes and outsourcing will mean that at least 60% of IT departments will reduce their in-house workforce by half by 2008, compared to the average department size in 2000. At least one-third of IT director roles will transform of disappear by 2009. Remaining IT directors will need to spend more than 50% of their time on external relationships to ensure they deliver expected results. By 2009 the management of business processes will supersede management of technology as the leading value contribution for more than 50% of blue-chip IT departments.