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Affordable IT: Budget Beaters

Affordable IT: Budget Beaters

• Introduction

• The Budgeting Game

• Executive Summary

• Epoll Results

IT professionals are becoming scrimpers, scavengers and skinflints. They're using every means at their disposal to do their jobs while staying within underfunded project budgets.

"There's no such thing as full funding anymore, for any project," says Michael Golden, an IT manager at Unique Fabricating, a manufacturing company in Auburn Hills, Mich. "It's standard operating procedure to pursue the least expensive path to a goal, and usually compromises are made along the way to deal with unanticipated expenses."

Apparently, Golden speaks for most of the industry. In a survey of more than 600 Network Computing readers, more than 85 percent said they're forced to do at least some of their projects on a shoestring budget. More than 15 percent said all their projects--even those affecting critical operations--are underfunded. Eighty-two percent said at least some of their IT projects are being done with a skeleton crew, and 29 percent reported that all their projects are understaffed. Thus, products that require heavy development and customization are out; systems that work out of the box and don't require extensive staff time are in.

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