Posts for October 2011

EMS: How much does it cost? How long does it take?

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Enterprise Management Services

“How much does Enterprise Management Services cost and long does it take to implement?”

My response to this question is, “How much has it cost and how long has it taken to implement Information Technology (IT), or Information Systems (IS), or before that, Data Processing (DP)?” The answer to this question is, “Well, IT is not a project and you don’t really implement IT. IT is a function that has many deliverables, and each deliverable has its own cost and schedule”. So it is with Enterprise Management Services.

To put this question in perspective, let me ask you a question. “How much does your enterprise spend on IT each year…an average?” Now, multiple that number by 10 to get a sense of how much traditional IT has cost your enterprise over the last 10 years. Adjust the average per year to compensate for changes over the last twenty years and then see what the approximate 20 year cost is. Consider this, it everything stays the same what will your enterprise spend over the next 10-20 years. Now consider what you have, how much it cost, and how long it took to get that which you now have. Is this what you and your enterprise wants or needs to look forward to over the next 10-20 years?

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