Do less and get more

Business Technology Optimisation (BTO) company Mercury has unveiled six trends which it feels will occupy the attention of IT directors and heads of IT throughout 2006.

Business Technology Optimisation (BTO) company Mercury has unveiled six trends which it feels will occupy the attention of IT directors and heads of IT throughout 2006.

The six trends are: doing less with more success; consumerisation of IT; real time visibility of risk; service oriented architectures; mobile applications' growing pains; and impatience among CIOs.

Current prevailing logic insists that companies invest in IT products and services in order that more is done with less. Mercury argues that IT departments lose out by adopting such a methodology and instead of aiming to do more with less, IT departments should do less and be more successful in what is done.

This, says Mercury, should cut the still too high failure rate of IT projects. Says Mercury's senior director of marketing Mark Sarbiewski: "The formula of more with less is fundamentally wrong. Firms should do more effective projects that are measured more frequently."

Mercury suggests that you should first assess the demand on your IT department and also your IT department's ability to manage the applications that it already runs. You should then carefully assess all demand for new applications and aim to 'end of life' up to 30% of enterprise applications and infrastructure per year until your IT is optimised.

Ultimately Mercury advises that you should move to a portfolio management technique and assess on a continuous basis all demand, existing and new, against benefits. It warns that you should be very clear about the advantages and disadvantages of any new technology, especially if there is a danger it is technology for technology's sake.

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