re: 5 Ways IT Can Stall Social
Per my comments above, I worked in an IT department that regularly looked for ways to innovate, and improve the operational efficiency of the enterprise. In short, be more than a traditional cost-center. In my use-case, a pitch was made for allocating global cost center funds (or distributed across multiple cost-centers) to acquire the social business platform, given it touched practically every area of the company (similar to email). This helped alleviate the single point of budgetary failure and gave people a reason to come to the table and discuss how to adopt it in their organization.
I also agree, that IT budget cuts are extremely tough to work with. This is one of the reasons I am excited about the possibilities of Enterprise App Integration. Being able to churn out real value in less time and smartly managing your work queue with quantifiable feedback points that gauge impact to the business. In a perfect world ... shedding the cost-center perception all together. =)