No, I am not meaning slaughter of quadrupeds but eliminating waste in IT. I have seen so many instances of waste being defended just because it was the way things were done. If what you are doing doesn’t work efficiently, stop doing it! That’s the theme of an article that begins with, “With CIO budgets heading for their 11th consecutive year of growing at 3% or less, it’s time to offer up some sacred cows for sacrifice.”
I like it. I would love to see M$ be one of the sacred cows but there are so many impediments/lock-ins. They are sacred cows too. If you depend on some piece of software to do something that does not need to be done or could be done economically another way, killing the sacred cow is correcting a mistake.
Here’s my list of sacred cows that could be killed without harming the business and almost certainly would increase productivity:
- thick clients – they use too much power and material and just get in the way, thin clients add to the bottom line by allowing maintenance to be reduced and performance increased,
- M$ – from the beginning, M$ was conceived as a get-rich-quick scheme and Bill and Steve got lucky when IBM granted them a monopoly. Money going to M$ is money that could be spent elsewhere to improve productivity,
- M$’s office suite – so it has 935 features of which you use 30. You can do more with less,
- Exchange – as if e-mail did not work and a database of events would not work,
- 2003/2008 server – tools to manage that wreck of an OS produced by M$ is a total waste. The services you do need can be provided by GNU/Linux just fine for less money and greater performance,
- Quickbooks, Photoshop, or any app designed to run only on that other OS is lock-in to the wrong vendor. It’s like dealing with a band of thieves rather than just one…,
- x86 – that can go with most of the thick clients. No need for 1000million transistors in a CPU that’s idling. Use ARM,
The theme of TFA is about not paying for anything that does not earn money and licensing fees to M$ higher than market value because competition has been throttled is not earning money. Other good advice is to avoid megaprojects. I think of migrating from XP to “7″ as a megaproject so that would be cool. Migrating to GNU/Linux on the same hardware does not necessarily earn money but it reduces maintenance and gets the company off the Wintel treadmill forever, a good thing.
see Gartner: 16 long-held IT business practices you need to kill
No, they do not recommend killing M$, just megaprojects. I cannot think of a bigger megaproject than M$.