IT is addicted to the complex, the expensive, the clunky

That's the provocative message in Mike Hugos' latest column for Computerworld. Hugos says IT departments too often object to low- or no-cost Web-based software and consumer technologies that would accomplish the mission -- if only IT departments would let 'em. He says the problem is that IT managers are complexaholics. Meanwhile, he says business people have discovered that consumer IT is better than corporate IT.

What is our objection to this stuff? That it’s not scalable in the enterprise? That it’s not robust? Or that it doesn’t feed our addiction to complexity? I think it’s the latter, and I think you need to stand up with me as I say, “Hello, my name is Mike, and I’m a recovering complexaholic. I’m interested in new ways to get things done.”

Hugos suggests setting up a skunk works team of business and IT people, cast off preconceptions, give them 30 to 90 days, and tell them to use whatever technologies -- including consumer technologies! -- that will get the job done.



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