Monday, September 21, 2009

The Economic Downturn and the IT Diet...

Without a doubt, the economic downturn has taken its toll on IT but did all of the technology cost-cutting organizations were forced to perform end up being a good thing? I'll answer this question with a short story...

Once upon a time there was a very obese person... sort of a "super size me" kind of guy. One day, he got a terrible scare with his first heart attack at age 34. Fortunately, he survived, and is now a much fitter and leaner individual at 35 years age. Is that a good thing?

Of course it is!

Well, to play devil's advocate, it would not have been so good if he had just starved himself. But this individual joined a gym, started a regular exercise program that included both aerobic and anerobic exercises, and went on a nutrition-balance diet. In a similar "vein", a "balanced and strategic" technology cost cutting initiative is a good thing too since most organizations were long due for such an effort having become "obese" with the long period of economic prosperity.

Finally, to bring our story full circle, just as a balanced diet and regular exercise is good for anyone to maintain good personal health, technology cost cutting initiatives should be ongoing and continuous as well to maintain good IT health.

* Originally posted in the ebizQ Cloud Computing Forum on September 21, 2009

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