Discussion - The Financial Impact IT has on Today's Businesses

  • I wanted to start this topic to discuss how we as IT Pro's can better present business cases involving all aspects of IT when talking to management at all levels. Things like budgeting, strategic planning, knowing what utility vs. value is and having an open discussion, hopefully helping IT pro's learn to get what they want while making sure that their wants align with the business needs, causing all parties involved to benefit.

    With that I would like to start off with the above link discussing utility vs. value. At which point are we in IT achieving a balance between the two?

  • Would have thought there would have been some replies by now. Topic #Fail 😞

  • I'm not sure that utility and value are competing ideas.

  • I'm watching this topic, does that help? 🙂

  • @Dashrender said:

    I'm watching this topic, does that help? 🙂

    Me too!

  • Regarding other posts of @scottalanmiller I like the idea of getting a company to have a computer vision, be it Windows, Linux, Mac, etc. Granted it most likely won't be just one, but having them commit to all that comes with the decision of the platform they choose.

    I'm just not sure how you go about convincing management that because they decided to run their business on Let's say, Windows 7 3 years ago, this means that they need to keep this vision alive by moving forward with versions of Windows (probably every other version at the minimum) along with a probable expectation of replacing desktops every 5-7 years and the same for servers.

    Additionally, if they are going to have servers, where are the priorities in regards to maintenance?

  • @Dashrender I think a lot of it comes to explaining what decommission making means and what cost will come by doing foolish things. IT often throws up its hands and says that management doesn't care and sometimes that is true in really failing companies, but by and large I think that it is more often caused by IT not presenting factors well to management.

  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I'm not sure that utility and value are competing ideas.

    Not that it's competing but more along the lines of how to make them equal out. Like when you have more value wrapped up in IT staff, but that staff's utility isn't being realized. Or when utility of a piece of equipment is being maximized, but the value isn't there anymore. I'm trying to think of a better way to convey what my mind is thinking right now. Stay tuned.

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