Further advantage goes to those who can walk away from the many things that don't work—without leaving behind a lot of sunk cost (capex) in hardware and software. IT executives who get things done quickly and avoid squandering big capex dollars are in huge demand.
Use cloud computing (public, private or hybrid) to quickly provision new business units. Build new systems and apps from a mix of in-house and hosted software, leverage social media and mobile consumer devices, and write a bit of custom code when needed. Do all of this with no money up front, no long-term licenses, and a pay-as-you-go model. Break big projects into smaller pieces and roll new pieces into production every 30, 60 or 90 days.
You probably already know this, or at least strongly suspect it. So all I'm doing is telling you that you're right. This is how you get out of the techie trap and become a business hero.
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