Have you every worked on a project that’s been subject to the new technology tax? Chances are if you’ve worked on a project that was trying to use an architecture, technology or toolset that was new to your company, you’ve experienced the new technology tax first hand. You may not have referred to it as the new technology tax. In fact, if you were the project manager or the project’s sponsor, you may have called it something entirely different, something that I can’t even repeat in this column.
A project is subject to the new technology tax if the selected solution’s architecture or toolset moves corporate IT into new territory. While the business drivers behind your project may require your project to be the first initiative to implement a wireless solution, PDA application, grid network or any other emerging technology as the first in your organization to invest in this technology, invest you will.
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