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Tech Buying: 6 Reasons Why IT Still Matters

Making major tech purchases, especially big data analytics and business intelligence tools, without consulting IT may cause major problems. Here's why.
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Although shadow IT is not new, the percentage of business tech purchases made outside IT is significant and growing. When Bain & Company conducted in-depth interviews with 67 marketing, customer service, and supply chain professionals in February 2014, it found that nearly one-third of technology purchasing power had moved to executives outside of IT. Similarly, member-based advisory firm CEB has estimated that non-IT departments control 30% of enterprise IT spend. By 2020, Gartner estimates, 90% of tech spending will occur outside IT.

There are many justifications for leaving IT in the dark about departmental tech purchases. For one thing, departmental technology budgets seem to point to departmental decision making. Meanwhile, cloud-based solutions, including analytics services, have become more popular with business users because they are easy to set up. In addition, their relatively low subscription rates or pay-per-use models may be more attractive from a budgetary standpoint than their traditional on-premises counterparts, which require significant upfront investments and IT consideration. Since the cost and onboarding barriers to cloud service adoption are generally lower than for on-premises products, IT's involvement may seem to be unnecessary.

Besides, IT is busy. Enterprise environments are increasingly complex, and IT budgets are not growing proportionally, so the IT department is resource-constrained. Rather than waiting for IT -- or complicating decision-making by getting others involved -- non-IT tech buyers anxious to deploy a solution may be tempted to act first and answer questions later.

However, making tech purchase without IT's involvement may result in unforeseen problems. On the following pages, we reveal six risks associated with making business tech purchases without involving IT.

Lisa Morgan is a freelance writer who covers big data and BI for InformationWeek. She has contributed articles, reports, and other types of content to various publications and sites ranging from SD Times to the Economist Intelligent Unit. Frequent areas of coverage include ... View Full Bio

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7/10/2015 | 4:24:17 AM
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"that is precisely what is happening today;is'nt it? How many Businesses around you do you see surviving for more than 10 years at a stretch? As someone who works almost exclusively in the Online space ;this ground reality never ceases to amaze. Everyday a new Startup or the other is Born but within 6 months they all either turn into Zombies or just go Bust!"

Asish, success rate may be less because of poor administration/business or may be poor technology/idea. At the same time MNCs are acquiring many startup companies because of their technology or marketable technology/solutions.
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Ashu001,
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7/3/2015 | 12:50:02 PM
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Gigi,

That is precisely what is happening today;is'nt it?

How many Businesses around you do you see surviving for more than 10 years at a stretch?

As someone who works almost exclusively in the Online space ;this ground reality never ceases to amaze.

Everyday a new Startup or the other is Born but within 6 months they all either turn into Zombies or just go Bust!

Ashish.
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Gigi3,
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6/10/2015 | 2:31:52 AM
Re: Stupid is as stupid does
"That is the right way of looking at this critical issue. Unfortunately not many SMBs are able to deliver accordingly to all consumers here. Sad But true reality,"

Asish, they have to look into such issues and has to address it properly; otherwise they won't be able to survive for long.
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Ashu001,
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6/4/2015 | 11:59:02 AM
Re: Stupid is as stupid does
Gigi,

 

That is the right way of looking at this critical issue.

Unfortunately not many SMBs are able to deliver accordingly to all consumers here.

Sad But true reality,
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Gigi3,
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6/3/2015 | 11:21:10 PM
Re: Stupid is as stupid does
"Good point! This depends on your Company(and especially IT Department) being responsible to employee concerns and your IT Department not being overloaded with firefighting additional responsibilities. Then your case most definitely applies. No Doubt about it."

Asish, meeting employee's requirement and facilitating them for their day to day work is a major responsibility. Otherwise productivity will degrade.
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Ashu001,
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6/2/2015 | 11:36:16 AM
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Gigi,

Good point!

This depends on your Company(and especially IT Department) being responsible to employee concerns and your IT Department not being overloaded with firefighting additional responsibilities.

Then your case most definitely applies.

No Doubt about it.

 
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Gigi3,
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5/20/2015 | 2:58:59 AM
Re: Stupid is as stupid does
"Are you trying to tell me you are 100% positive nobody in your company is using Dropbox or Box or some of the other stuff that's become standard for the BYOA wave? I find it hard to Believe."

Asish,  when companies are allowing cloud storage through various sources; then why employees bothered about other storage ad sharing options. If you are not giving enough options, obviously they will look for alternate resources. But it won't work with companies network set up.
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Ashu001,
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5/18/2015 | 10:59:40 AM
Re: Stupid is as stupid does
Gigi,

Are you trying to tell me you are 100% positive nobody in your company is using Dropbox or Box or some of the other stuff that's become standard for the BYOA wave?

I find it hard to Believe.

 
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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5/18/2015 | 1:04:50 AM
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"That behavior is no longer the Rule today in most Enterprises. What we are seeing (especially with the advent of BYOD and BYOA )is that most SMBs are largely developing a hands-off approach to their Users especially on many Non-Core/Non-Critical Devices."

Asish, am not sure about outside word/enterprises. I mentioned about the installation procedure following within our company.
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Ashu001,
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5/17/2015 | 11:02:39 AM
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Gigi,

That behavior is no longer the Rule today in most Enterprises.

What we are seeing (especially with the advent of BYOD and BYOA )is that most SMBs are largely developing a hands-off approach to their Users especially on many Non-Core/Non-Critical Devices.

This Approach has been neccessiated largely by the fact that IT is woefully understaffed(for the jobs they need to do today) and Enterprises continue to desperately push their Employees to deliver more and more with Less and Less.

This also means that Employees have less and less time to Fool around (atleast on Company Time).

Regards

Ashish.
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