Going through a Web-based trial or an on-site evaluation period, with participation from actual business units, is a proven way to build line-of-business acceptanceand to highlight deficiencies and costs that might otherwise turn even a "successful" deployment into an immediate white elephant. When an IT department modernizes its budgeting process, it also builds the credibility of that department as a solutions provider to other departments. In particular, its important for IT to demonstrate that any brief inconvenience is worth the effort of integrating legacy systems into the standards-based network, even in the current climate with its pressure to minimize short-term cost."As you look at global information capture, you want to make sure that your labels and your math are consistent across the globe," Newsome said. "A clear and consistent strategy for making sure that were speaking the same language, thats the foundation." Technology Editor Peter Coffee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Related stories:
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"The Internet is the only way forward. Its the common language, and the browser is the common view," said Earl Newsome, vice president and CIO at international glass and plastics maker Owens-Illinois Inc., in Toledo, Ohio. "What lies underneath begins to matter less," Newsome added, an important consideration for companies making international acquisitions.