This is not the first article I read on this topic. Even here in France, there is some change of mindset on going as business projects start buying "IT capabilities" from the cloud and bypass the IT department, claiming IT does not have the required agility (which is true in most case)
I definitely think that it is a trend that will re-inforce, unless your company has the critical size to own their own cloud.
To make it simple, I would say 3 things:
1) we know the solution for so long : make IT projects that matter for business teams and put the highest priority on them; Concentrate on both near term results + long term vision. Show and communicate your results
2) I have seen so many IT department failing at doing this simple thing that I thought for a while I had to take a deep breath and look for another kind of job
3) something happened (don't know exactly why let's call it an illumination) and now it is all very clear in my mind. It is all about willing to improve, have an actionable action plan, execute it and evaluate it. Then redo the loop again. This should be done by each and every IT people. I am actually doing this for the past 6 months. It works. I can show results and get business engagement to follow up.
And I can tell you that the organization I am in is NOT simple, is cutting down IT costs (minus 40% in some countries) for several years now.
And yes, we can do better/more with less (money/people).
please: stop complaining, be confident, work out your vision and make it happen.
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