In a conversation earlier today with Keith Harrison-Broninski, Keith said something that was just too good not to share:
Generally the IT world is starting to bounce back, it seems. Personally I feel that the recession is a welcome opportunity for IT. So much IT investment is done without real business benefit:
- Name-only BPMS installations for SOX compliance
- Endless maintenance of sprawling ERP systems that should be ripped and replaced with standardized services
- Poorly managed infrastructure projects that waste hundreds of millions
- Government-funded research that never leads to a product
- Software developers wasting 25% of their time due to poor understanding of fault fixing (I’ve proved and eliminated this on large-scale projects)
One thing I’ve discovered in the last few years is the difference between what conference speakers say to the audience and what they admit to each other! As an industry, we need to grow up a bit, start acting like engineers, and help our customers deal with harder economic circumstances.
Do you have anything to add to Keith’s list of wasted IT investment?