Here is my fifth (and final) prediction regarding the future of collaboration.Prediction #1.Prediction #2.Prediction #3.Prediction #4.Prediction 5: Information Technology will evolve into Information FabricA recent report from Deloitte talks about “Cognitive Overload.” They estimate that the amount of worldwide information doubles every 18 months, and corporate files double every 3.5 years. More than 35 billion e-mails are sent each day! Combine that with IM, SMS, phone calls, meetings and we it becomes clear why we have an information overload.Various studies have demonstrated that too much unsorted information is worse than having not enough information. Add to that the stress of decision-making amid uncertainty and constant change. Never before in history have we faced the daunting task of making sense of such massive amounts of data.So the future is no longer just about the management and routing of information. It’s about providing people with the right information at the right time, connecting communities that can improve the relevance, and accelerating decisions to drive value for the business. Importantly, it’s about weaving that information fabric into business processes so they run more efficiently and connect with each other in ways that were simply not possible before. The meet all of these challenges, leading organizations will begin to merge their business architecture with their technology architecture — to the point where the two become indistinguishable. As a result, traditional roles will shift. For example, IT decisions will be made by business leaders while CIOs emerge as business leaders even more than before. There will be less emphasis on the underlying technology and more focus on building an information fabric that weaves together talent, technology and process.