(By Info-Tech Analyst Jennifer Perrier-Knox- Printed with permission from Processor magazine www.processor.com)
IT departments everywhere are trying to reduce costs, in many cases under mandate from their senior management teams. Yet mixed messages abound: On one hand, senior management wants spending cuts that even extend to staff layoffs; on the other hand, these same leadership teams are throwing temper tantrums when IT attempts to move on some of the most basic cost-cutting opportunities around.
Three Cases In Point
In an attempt to reduce workstation costs, one IT leader tried to limit all employees to either one desktop machine or one laptop machine. After all, two machines per person is excessive for most business needs. However, a leading executive insisted on keeping both for the sake of his own convenience. To add insult to injury, he would not comply with standard security practice, allowing family members to use his business laptop machine at home.