With the end of the year came the traditional spate of predictions and forecasts from trade publications, pundits, and analysts alike. Among these were the number-laden forecasts for IT budgets in 2016.
None of which were particularly impressive. While the consensus seems to be that IT budgets are at least beginning to show some signs of forward (upward) progress, it still remains true that many view budgetary constraints as a barrier.
We’ve seen this truism in action ourselves as customers responding to our latest State of Application Delivery survey noted security budgets being too small (41%) as one of their top five security challenges. More than half of CIOs, as well, declared in the latest CSC survey that budget constraints are a general barrier to innovation.
This constraint needs to be relieved, of course, in order to open the flood-gates of innovation and help IT realize its goal of making money for the business, rather than simply consuming it in support of it.
But as the old saying goes, that’s easier said than done.
To achieve this, the CIO needs to enable an environment (embrace a culture) that can optimize core areas of the budget, like operations, security, and app deployments. Such optimization can either reduce costs, enabling savings to shift toward projects focused on innovation (that make money) or mitigate the need to increase spending at all, allowing increases in the budget to focus on innovation.
This ultimately means embracing DevOps, which includes all the Dev(insert IT silo here)Ops.
Budgetary constraints on innovation are a growing concern, but we all know that the day-to-day “keep the lights on” costs are not going to get any lower unless we actively seek to find ways to optimize the budget we have right now. Devops, shared platforms, cloud, and standardization can be valuable tools in the CIOs war chest as they take a serious swipe at reducing costs through optimization in order to enjoy the spoils of victory: bigger budgets for innovation.