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The Movable IT Budget

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With 2009 reviews and prognostications thankfully behind us, it's time to get our feet back on the ground and get back to listening to our readers.

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Comments (1)
I would agree that recent software and IT process developments are to the immediate benefit of SMBs, given the SMBs need not part with major capital to gain agility and market advantage (temporary?) via these trends (SaaS, Cloud Computing, leveraging of certain 're-emerging' BPM suites and practices, et.al.). Additionally, I would expect a plurality of major players, at least those with more nimble and/or down-sized IT shops (recession) to more aggressively educate their business partners on the possible advantages (turn around time, if nothing else) of the new offerings. Coupled with streamlined capital investment, especially if ROI can be established, ameliorated security concerns, and phasing out of legacy platforms, up for re-fresh, over time, the new offerings should seem attractive to the 'bigs' as well. What does concern me is the ongoing focus by some on custom development and ownership when all signs point to IT survival being predicated upon agility, responsiveness to customer needs, and need to partner with the LOBs on immediate growth and profitability. Finally, allowing or encouraging business units or divisions to grow their own IT solutions, without consideration of enterprise goals, interoperability, data sharing and the like seems not to support long-term ROI.
Posted by Bruce C | Wednesday, January 06 2010 at 4:51PM ET
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