Monday, April 7, 2008

IT Budgets are growing…An Enterprise Nightmare?

The IT dept has long been restricting adoption of Web 2.0 technology and applications such as social networking, corporate blogs, and wikis in the enterprise. According to this latest post on ZdNet, IT budgets in the U.S. are expected to grow 2.3% over last year’s budget. This could lead to an enterprise disaster if it is used to regulate and restrict access.

Instead, the IT dept should re-assess its focus on the following:

1. Help manage CMS systems within the organization to aid collaboration between different teams.

2. Invest in new security measures within enterprise 2.0 applications to help ensure data is not compromised, instead of wiping out web 2.0 technology completely.

3. Monitoring usage of social networking sites, to make sure that it is used for “business purposes”.

A growing budget for IT doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. It all depends on how they decide to allocate their money. IT can go two ways on this one…What are your organization’s future IT concerns?

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