The Parts of IT Carr Forgot to Analyze: Agility and Focus
Opinion: Nicholas Carr is wrong about the value of IT, writes Tom Pisello of Alinean. The key is in knowing what technology brings unique value and how to make the most of it.While philosophic in nature, Nick Carrs hypotheses on the strategic value of IT investments has fueled a two-year debatewhich means hes hit upon the very root of the tension that exists between the technology and business camps in most organizations. Heres where theres truth to his argument: Companies that consistently get the most value from IT investments clearly understand that there are certain cases where tech investments are best managed purely to achieve the lowest TCO (total cost of ownership). Click here to read about Nick Carrs commentary on "The Next IT Revolution."
But in other cases, these same companies realize that spending should be ramped up for specific projects to support the business. Knowing which projects deserve spending and which mandate thrift requires an examination and understanding of both internal and external conditions.