Feeds

CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

According to a survey, tech managers are in the dark about 'unofficial' IT spend

Build a business case: developing custom apps

CIOs and IT bods are in the dark over tech budgets as lines of biz people sidestep them to deploy their own projects, according to a survey by the Corporate Executive Board.

Some 165 firms with a tech spend of $29bn responded to the questions from CEB, an advisory firm, which estimates that up to 40 per cent more is unofficially spent on tech products and services by departments outside of IT's control.

Those insouciant souls who want to play fast and loose with company budgets want to test tech themselves, and don't care about ignoring protocol to trial a slabbie, CRM app or document-sharing tool.

The biggest culprits are the fools in HR, Marketing, Operations and Finance, with for example between six to nine per cent of HR budgets splashed on things like cloud-based systems and talent analytics.

And there was us ignoramuses at Vulture Towers thinking that HR people would use tech to find more and more innovative ways to fire people at distance or use bulky desktops to block the door when things really turn nasty.

But apparently, this lack of control is OK, at least according to Andrew Horne, MD at CEB, because "shadow spending" which was "in the past" seen as a risk or threat is now deemed a "sign of innovation".

"Failing to recognise the extent to which tech driven projects ate happening outside of the IT department can be a real worry, yet trying to maintain total control is equally a step in the wrong direction."

IT budgets for those 165 firms will rise on average by three per cent next year, said the CEB, but we are not sure if that is the official IT budget, or the one the IT managers found down the back of the sofa. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330
If the person in front reclines their seat, this could get interesting
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.