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.
Let Daniel L. Ruggles and the team at PM Kinetics, LLC help you navigate the complexities of IT Governance, Cloud Computing, Sourcing & Capital Planning, Vendor Management, IT Security, and Infrastructure planning & execution. For more information on our technical consultancy services, contact or call PM Kinetics today at (678) 528-7399.