Introducing enterprise systems management software into an organisation in one fell swoop is like trying to digest an elephant, according to Chip Gliedman, vice president of consultancy Giga.
While systems management vendors will attempt to sell users the side of an elephant for $12 million, they would be better off going to a shop and buying an elephant steak that they can enjoy eating immediately, he continued at a Giga seminar in San Francisco today.
?You cannot make enterprise systems management work. The alternative is spending some money two-thirds of the way through your project and then some more later, and although this will cost you more in the long term, it mitigates the risk. Otherwise it?s like trying to eat an elephant and that?s difficult to do before it spoils,? he said.
The problem is made even worse by the number of software upgrades that systems management vendors are constantly introducing onto the marketplace and the high turnover of chief information officers in corporate life, which means that two or three years down the line, the same boss will probably not be there to sign the cheque.
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