Greg Walther

Support them. Business users understand their needs and are addressing real problems. Central IT works best as a provider of standards, platforms and guidance, rather than as a preemptor of initiative. Most of the arguments against non-IT development come down to the cost and time of IT going in and taking over a project it did not start — basically, IT does not want the headache. But this is prioritizing the cost to IT over the value to the business. IT would do better to facilitate an environment where business could develop applications meeting common standards. IT could do this by providing training, frameworks and API’s.