I recently talked with Kishore Swaminathan, Accenture's chief scientist. It's always enlightening (and somewhat \n\nnerve-racking) when you discuss the future with someone who has such a clear vision of what lies ahead. Our conversation \n\ncentered on Accenture's "2009 Technology Vision" report and the trends Swaminathan is seeing.\n\nHis overarching premise is imagining "a world in which our capabilities can expand or contract at will, in essence elastic, \n\nno longer subject to the constraints of physical reality," such as location, distance, language or organizational \n\naffiliations. In such a world, organizations compete based not on what they have but rather on knowing and getting what they \n\nneed.\n\nThe five dimensions of this "Everything Elastic" world are:\n\n1. Elastic Workforce: As work becomes more location-independent, who you work for and how you monetize your \n\nwork changes. Ultimately, companies become "loose affiliations of people and work becomes 'open.'" \n\n2. Elastic Services: Providers will come from many different places where "branding and white labeling will \n\nbe rampant." This will cause customer frustration, presenting opportunities for companies that can provide a cure for it.\n\n3. Elastic Processes: Business processes, just like infrastructure, will be able to expand or contract based \n\non business demands. This outcome will be driven by the decoupling of business process from traditional software systems or \n\nby partnering with organizations outside company walls.\n\n4. Elastic Innovation: "Open Innovation" becomes the norm, with anyone able to partake in the traditionally \n\nclosed models of R&D. We're already seeing this start to occur with the growth of open innovation communities like \n\nInnoCentive.\n\n5. Elastic IT: IT costs will track more closely to the immediate needs of the business. In essence, "the gap \n\nbetween innovation and industrialization will narrow since successful innovations can be rapidly scaled up and unsuccessful \n\ninnovations scaled down without requiring large capital investments."\n\nWhat makes this report worth reading is the way it explores the technology trends and market influences shaping this premise \n\nof "Everything Elastic." \n\nIf you would like a copy of your own, just send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will be happy to pass one along.