Don't you just love the 2004 election campaign advertisements where the presidential candidates start taking potshots at each other? It makes an election year seem really long when the public is subjected to extended negative campaigns during the process of helping us all decide where to place our vote. However, these ads have gotten me thinking - what if the IT department in your organization was up for re-election this year? As incumbent, would IT get the job? Or, would the challenger - Outsourcing - get elected? If IT was forced to make a public case for its continued existence as a part of the organization, what would its platform be?
In some cases, perhaps IT has been too complacent. "Hey, we have the job now. We're the business' partner. Our people sit with their people every day. The company wouldn't dare vote in Outsourcing. Or would they?" Complacency may work for a while, but eventually the "pull" to consider Outsourcing may increase to the point where the business calls for an election.
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