Check this out: "IT Is Too Darn Slow
This article is packed with helpful advice on how to improve "velocity" and the pace of innovation.
quotes: "Once IT decides to focus on speed, two obstacles get in the
way: security and governance." This is important. Manage security
without it becoming an impediment.
One of the
most important things not mentioned here is the idea that internal
security must be a simple, cheap commodity. A identity manager and SSO
framework needs to be standard, available, and well-understood. Each
project shouldn't involve head-scratching and deep thinking about
security. Like an OS and a file system, security infrastructure should
be a given.
Another good quote: "IT can't set
priorities for 10 projects spread over the next two years because, once
projects one, two, and three are done, that will change what would have
been four, five, and six."
What isn't provided
is the a way to handle the accounting practices that always seem to take
IT hostage. The idea of "capital" vs. "expense" can serve as a weird
artificial boundary on innovative projects. Lots of innovation gets
chopped off when the "capital" budget is spent, and we switch over to
"expense" where we can't invent anything new. It's the same people.
Yet, the money is "different".