December 4, 2008
The New Economy’s Impact on Project Management
Matthew Nickasch writes about what today’s weakening economy is doing to business projects.
“Especially in the areas of enterprise communications, corporations and organizations…are in the midst of multi-year deployments and upgrades. Long-term and ‘relaxed’ projects obviously take time, but their slow speed can mean more accurate, thought-out results. Now, as budgets are tightened, and five to 10 year projections are indicating a need for significant cuts, projects are being accelerated to dangerous speeds. Time simply equals money: money and liquidity that organizations simply do not have.”
“’The server market experienced significant deceleration in the third quarter with particular weakness in September,’ explained Matt Eastwood, group vice-president of enterprise platforms at IDC who helps put together the quarterly stats. ‘The slowdown impacted a wide range of traditional server technologies, with improved demand for blades and IBM System z notable exceptions.’”
“Within the next 12 years, 40 per cent of IT jobs will be related to open source, and open-source-based cloud computing will be solving many problems in the real world, open-source advocates have predicted. The predictions were made in the 2020 Floss Roadmap, produced for the Open World Forum event in Paris this week.”