A Practical Approach for IT Governance

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A recent article in Information Week identified that out of the annual 82+ billion dollars that the Federal Agencies spend on IT, a staggering 30 billion is wasted.  That is over a third that is wasted.  We are not talking about project overruns – one could say that some of the overruns were directly related to scope creep.  We are talking about simply wasted effort in duplicate or incompatible systems.

Quoting the article, “Office of Management and Budget’s then acting director Jeff Zients and federal CIO Steven VanRoekel issued a memo urging federal agencies to focus on high-value IT investments and put an end to deployment of redundant IT services. The memo introduced two new initiatives: one called PortfolioStat, which reviews agency IT portfolios, and another that requires agencies to develop consolidation plans for commodity IT services.”

While the percentages may not be as big, I am sure in our own smaller IT shops, we also have duplicated effort, incompatible systems and wasted resources.  CIOs are trying to forge ahead and help the businesses they are in, but if they do not take care of their own backyard, then their positions are very tenable.  As my high school teacher mentioned to me, “Before you become a star in the sky, be a lamp to your house.”  Fortunately, there are tools available today for CIOs to get a handle of their own shop.

Written by Subbu Murthy

December 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Posted in IT Governance

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