I&O Finance & Budgeting

I&O Finance & Budgeting
How much say does IT get in technology projects funded by other departments in your organization?

Top Answer : Interesting - there's two questions wrapped up in here - how much do they, and how much should they. I've answered based on "should" Do is quite variable though, as it will depend on the org and how they have positioned IT and the role they play. Which gives me a thought on another question to be asking

Does transitioning to cloud actually save you any money in the long run?

Top Answer : We do a disservice when we tell the industry that, "Oh. Go to cloud because it's cheaper," because it isn't always cheaper. It still may be the right choice for many applications, even apps that aren't specifically benefited from being in a cloud, it still may be the right choice for the direction of your company and the prioritization of work habits of your employees. But cloud is not necessarily cheaper, especially not if you run a well-planned organization. When I look at cloud adoption, first I have to look at why are you considering cloud or on-premises? What are the drivers for those decisions? And a lot of those would be the technical choices, some of them might be price. Next is, "Okay. So, you've done that analysis, you've decided that cloud is right. How have you formulated your opinion on whether it's more cost effective or not, or whether it just fits in your business model appropriately?" And then I'm looking at the things like, "How are we mitigating utilization risk versus something that we can see and touch?" For instance, if I have vSphere in my data center, I can turn off VMs all day long, they don't cost me a dime, but if I have developers spinning up VMs or containers on Amazon or Google, those things are costing me money for every minute, every hour they operate, regardless of whether they're doing anything for me. And there aren't good tools to mitigate those things or manage those risks. The tools need to get better, but taking all of those things into account and taking a realistic view of what is important to you as a company in combination with what you can do if you did it right, versus what you could accomplish in the cloud, I think it's important in almost every single application.