IT Idiocracy, Part I
Posted on December 15, 2011
A major complaint by IT against Apple is that Apple doesn’t share long-term roadmaps so businesses can’t plan or manage risk.
RIM, a company closely tied to businesses is in free-fall. Take a look at their 5-year plan, and based on their migration to QNX (their execution to plan over the last 12–18 months), you can’t trust a thing they’re saying. The Playbook was a disaster, and now their new operating system is pushed until late next year.
How are companies reacting? Are they reacting? I’ve not heard anything, though I wouldn’t necessarily be in the know.
How good has RIM’s 5 year plan served IT at large corporations?
How are companies mitigating the risk that RIM won’t be around in 5 years, which is certainly in the real of possibility at this point?
So, basically IT gets their collective panties in a bunch, making it a requirement to have a 5-year plan, and do all sort of internal planning around it. When the 5-year plan is totally off the rails (I mean, RIM’s not even in sight of the freaking rail-yard at this point!), what? No collective corporate response? What was the purpose of the 5-year plan in the first place? All that planning? Were you just bored? Killing time? Vendor bashing? What?
Where’s the accountability?
Oh yeah, I labeled this “part I” because I’ve got a few observations about IT idiocy (that I hear from friends and others, not necessarily based on my personal/current experience) in my head that I’m trying to figure out how to share constructively.