Gartner: 16 long-held IT business practices you need to kill

By , Network World |  Networking, Gartner

ORLANDO -- With CIO budgets heading for their 11th consecutive year of growing at 3% or less, it's time to offer up some sacred caws for sacrifice.

That was the sentiment at a Gartner Symposium/ITxpo session today that outlined a number of ways IT can get out of its comfort zone and look for new ways to handle the explosion of information, collaboration and mobility.

"IT needs to free up time money and resources to get into this brave new world," said Ken McGee, vice president and research analyst at Gartner.

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McGee offered 16 IT business practices that need to be killed. "You may not need all 16 but maybe one would get you pointed in the right direction," he said.

The short list of targeted items includes:

1. Stop recommending mega projects

2. Eliminate differences between CIO/CEO projects

3. Terminate projects that do not improve the income statement

4. Abandon CIO priorities that don't support CEO priorities

5. Stop recommending mega projects

6. Terminate existing apps that do not yield measurable business value

7. End the practice of putting the enterprise IT spending within the CIO budget

8. Abolish environment of little or no IT spending accountability

9. Eliminate IT caused business model disruption surprises

10. Kill cloud-a-phobia

11. Abandon level 1,2,3 tech support

12. Kill chargeback systems

13. Stop issuing competitive bids

14. Stop holding onto unfunded projects. Stop IT hoarders

15. End discrimination against behavioral skills around social sciences

16. End unbalanced support between back and front office

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McGee went on to expand on the list with a number of facts and suggestions from Gartner research including:


• Decommission 10% of applications by year-end 2012 and 20% by year-end 2014. Reducing operating expenses via decommissioning existing but unsponsored applications will be the richest source of new project funding during the next few years.

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