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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Ruggles

Changing the Dynamics of IT Planning

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

Most organizations spend a large portion of their IT budget “keeping the lights on” and maintaining the status quo, save for a couple of major initiatives. Each of those initiatives undergoes a business analysis and total cost of ownership review and with great fanfare begins the journey to completion.

The fallacy of this planning approach is that it typically involves:

  • Using technology with planned built-in obsolescence from the vendor

  • Package software that has a whole other set of upgrades and patches complicating schedules and support costs to the organization

  • Vagaries of customizing software or creating add-ons through some development life cycle (read: it always takes longer than expected)

The business usually wants to know “how much is it going to cost to create this solution?” and “will it work consistently?” and they want a predictable annual cost to maintain. Using a service model associated with adoption of Cloud computing gets everyone closer to creating a more consistent cost model, with a fairly predictable solution model that meets business objectives. Actively reviewing and considering Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions or Platform as a Service (PaaS) will begin to drive more organizations towards a more predicable model that better aligns solutions to business objects. If more custom software solutions are really required, building and managing solutions using a virtualized cloud computing infrastructure focuses everyone on using scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and will ultimately begin to change the dynamics of IT planning. Barriers to Cloud Adoption

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