As any IT manager knows by now, the mantra coming down from corporate is “cut, cut, cut.” The economy may be better than it was a couple of years back, but companies are still putting the budget squeeze on IT. Is it time for fresh thinking?

Michelle Bailey of 451 Research, recently pointed out that enterprises are still withholding incentives from their IT departments to grow and innovate. “During the last several years, most of the ‘successful’ projects in IT have been cost-cutting and consolidation and, frankly, there has been little incentive for CIOs to drive innovation given the emphasis on cost-cutting,” she says.

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