Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Strategy for Increasing IT Budget

While at the Spring IT Roundtable this week, I remembered a comment from the CMA Conference in Palm Springsearlier this year . The discussion was how to get the funding necessary to do important IT tasks like proper backup.

An attendee there suggested that for those ministries who have their finances audited, there's an easy opportunity to let the auditor know that things aren't quite what is needed. The auditor will naturally ask, "Why not?" The answer is that the funding just hasn't been available to do all that needs to be done.

That rather innocent comment will likely lead to an addition to the management letter, which will likely lead to an increase in the IT budget to accomplish what needs to be done.

Of course, this tactic can't be used for candy-like items, but for those needed technologies that would impact disaster recovery, business continuity, or security, it just might be right!

What do you think?

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