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Startups Where Necessity Defines IT Best Practices

Startup businesses need IT, but oftentimes don’t have the manpower or time to have a fully operational IT department. Instead, Michael Hugos explains, startups are forced to create their own best practices to work with what they have — something that all IT organizations will probably end up doing in the future: The way the IT function operates in this company and other non-IT startups could be a role model for how IT will operate in lots of established companies in the coming years. These startups operate in business environments that are similar in many ways to what established companies now face.   As cloud computing and SaaS apps and consumer IT relentlessly change traditional operating models, it is in the non-IT startup companies that we can find valuable lessons for how to organize IT for this new economy. Large corporations still have the resources to buffer themselves from these changes, but this also means that IT practices of large corporations are increasingly less relevant to small and medium sized companies.   The end result of small startups affecting larger, established organizations   will be one of relevance: startups will stop looking at the best practices of larger organizations and will instead either formulate their own or will look to the successes and failures of other small, startup companies.

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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