Re: How To Mess Up IT Budgeting In 2015
I think we have a strange dichotomy when it comes to this kind of thinking in IT. There's the hype train that marches on endlessly, and then there's the reality. Where it gets weird is that many businesses very well do march right alongside the hype train, but many others do not, and we'd be remiss to leave them out of the equation. Maybe it's because 'IT' is a broad moniker to begin with. If you're the one guy who fixes desktops for a small furniture company, you still might be called 'IT'. Therefore, we end up with a broad spectrum - from DevOps-addicted startups for whom this article was 2013's wakeup call, not 2015's, to companies that need to get themselves on the ball (you have unique insigt into this coming from the public setor, Johnathan), to plenty of diverse 'niche' (they're actually pretty big) cases like TerryB describes for whom the reality is quite different.
Another interesting way I've heard this put is that no matter who you are, your business is digital now. No matter what you sell, where you are, digital is a concern for you - that's why IT is pulling double duty these days. They have to 'keep the lights on' (but better, faster, and cheaper) while also delivering innovation and being apart of new pushes. Users who used to only turn on their PC to check e-mail now expect to have all kinds of cloud-facing apps work flawlessly (from devices other than PCs) - which means you have to support them. This spills from the top all the way down to the bottom of the business, and creates endless problems to solve - Security, mission creep, you name it. All that ties back into budgeting. It's definitely fair to say this is a wheel that's due for reinventing.