A recent Computerworld article asserted that "CFOs like the pay-as-you-go economics of cloud computing." And in uncertain economic times, many companies prefer a flexible-cost structure that lets IT rapidly match capacity to business needs. But financial benefits aren't the only advantages of these setups.
Demand management. IT services are never free, even if other departments aren't charged. Unfortunately, when there is no budget impact, business units are often casual about the IT products and services they consume. They demand status symbols like iPads, big monitors and the latest smartphones. They provide minimal justification for requested IT applications. They fail to turn off mailboxes or return laptops when people leave.
This story, "Three Top Advantages of Flexible-Cost Structure" was originally published by Computerworld.