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How To Mess Up IT Budgeting In 2015
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1/16/2015 | 1:08:05 PM
Rent versus Buy
I'm not sure I buy into the argument that "as a service" is only way to do things quickly, so therefore it's OK to pay rent instead of own. You used phones as an example. Sure they put out new version/os every year but has anything significant really changed? The core use functionaility is same as it was 5 years ago. ERP is perfect example. They may change it all the time but how many of these new features really help YOUR business?

We use Sharepoint here at my company, the free flavor. We have to buy CALs to do file/print serving anyway, so why would I pay per user/per month to rent Sharepoint in cloud when I only need a $5K investment in SQL Server to run it myself at no cost since I own these CALs?  Beyond the basic hardware/software renewal lifecycle, which is chump change compared to paying rent in cloud forever.

I see this trend as strictly a function of business IT getting lazy. Business IT is more about mgmt than tech skill anymore. When you no longer have ability to do anything anymore inhouse, what leverage do you have against these vendors that push you to rent? We have created a self fulfilling prophecy.

If this is such a great model, why do developers still sell houses? Why not just rent them all, keep that income flowing? Because we the consumer aren't that stupid to let that happen. But business is.
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