Feeds

Is IT stuck with cloud busting budget structures?

Still dreaming of orgone?

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Freeform DynamicsComment A lot of noise is currently being generated around Cloud Computing and flexible IT infrastructures based on virtualised platforms.

There is no doubt that the technologies to be found at the heart of these types of solutions have matured considerably over the course of the last couple of years. However, both face significant challenges before any of the currently available offerings can be fully exploited by organisations.

For Cloud computing, chief amongst these concerns is the readiness of mainstream organisations to trust significant proportions of their essential, and hence incredibly valuable, corporate information to platforms and suppliers over whom they have little control and who might hold the data wherever they wish. Such a leap of faith is today beyond consideration in many business scenarios.

Now if we instead consider using cloud-like solutions that are operated by the organisation itself, there are far fewer objections to overcome and this "service delivery" approach to IT is already finding favour. But beyond these considerations there is another, far more challenging, issue to be addressed for both for the cloud approach to IT service delivery as well as to the concept of employing a truly virtualised, flexible IT infrastructure to support business operations across the entire range of services delivered, and this concerns the models of IT budgeting in common use today.

Most IT departments operate on the basis of budgets that are fixed in advance for the following year. The budget may be added to on a project by project basis but by and large the major areas of expenditure are identified in advance and funding limits put in place. It is readily apparent that such IT financing models are ill-equipped to cater for much variability.

In many organisations these out of date budgetary models may also interfere with attempts to manage IT resources as a whole rather than on the application or project terms that dominate infrastructure equipment acquisition today.

It is clear that traditional models for IT budget setting and management are focussed squarely as cost control metrics. This is not suitable if the potential flexibility inherent in fully virtualised IT infrastructures are to be realised and, by no means incidentally, thereby be utilised to deliver the full business value potentially available through effective IT usage.

Against this background, organisations must begin to show they can migrate to value based IT funding to be in a position to reap maximum business benefits that modern IT should, and can, deliver. This poses challenges that far exceed anything posed by even the most complex IT technology project.

Freeform Dynamics is a community oriented industry analyst firm. It is The Register’s research partner and all of its published output, including reports based on large scale telephone research and feedback from the Reg Technology Panel, is available free of charge from www.freeformdynamics.com.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.