Gartner: IT departments may lose control of budgets

In the world of information technology, senior staffers are beginning to think they know what is best for their business. Because files can be accessed on many devices like cell phones, tablets or cloud-based servers, they think that some programs—designed for personal use—can be translated into the workplace, according to Computer Weekly.

Gartner's Outsourcing Summit showed that this shift in control can make things difficult for chief information officers (CIOs), who are devoting so much of their time to teaching workers how to use their new business process software that may lose control of their overall strategy. Gartner estimates that by 2015, 40 percent of the IT budget will be beyond their control.

"The 'no clue' buyer has arrived. They buy what they want, but do not know how to buy it," Gartner analyst Frank Ridder told the source. "This includes apps, such as those available as a service, and devices, as a result of trends such as bring your own device (BYOD)."

This is why it is important that CIOs keep paths of communication open. About 65 percent of executives approve of technological changes, but 62 percent of respondents said they lack the skills to make the change. Even though, in actuality, many of these organizations have an IT department sitting in their building.

If there are rumors that your company is in the midst of purchasing new programs, ask senior staffers about it. Instead of resisting the change, try to work with these parties. Not doing so can waste a lot of time, as your company tries to interoperate programs or teach employees how to learn yet another, business management program.


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