Putting Flowers in Gun Barrels

One of the most powerful images of the 1960’s was that of a young “hippy” putting a flower into the barrel of a soldier’s gun.  It was a time of turmoil, coupled with confusion; it was the time of the Civil Rights Movement and the time of Vietnam.  Most profoundly, however, it was a time of enormous change.

For the first 25 years of my career in the IT industry, we basically all witnessed an arms race.  In massively oversimplified terms, users of IT systems tended to choose a vendor, and then simply upgrade in a fairly Pavlovian manner every time a new, faster, groovier version of our favourite hardware or software became available.

Looking back, it was a great time to be a salesperson!  However, I can remember the despair that many Finance Directors faced when the IT Ops Manager wandered into the board meeting casually announcing that they needed to replace their “Wibbly Mk2’s” with the new “Wibbly Mk3”, and all they needed was a quarter of a million pounds to do so.

Well, the arms race is over.  In practical terms, most companies can afford whatever form of computing that they could ever need.  Or they can “borrow it from the cloud”.  Yet, we’ve still not yet achieved full “Love and Peace” in the new computing age.  Whether we choose to describe it as Hybrid, Cloud, or alternative consumption models, it all ends up in a place that is filled with options and often confusion.

The real challenge in competitive terms now, is in addition to having a range of technical options, it is also critical to understand the exquisite range of financial options available, and to model them easily and efficiently to accomplish the most appropriate compromise for your business.  This still represents a competitive advantage, yet it’s a flower, not a gun!

This was a great deal of the basis of thought behind designing AccSL® – Accordant’s IT Financial Management solutions library.  This unique software offers the most efficient way to understand that conundrum, and to then model all the cases (without 50,000 lines of a spreadsheet!,) and to generate the most logically unassailable business case available with automation.

You could say that AccSL® is the flower for the Gun Barrel.  So if you’re looking to resolve this conundrum efficiently, and be the “Peacemaker” between your organisation’s IT functions, finance community and C-Level suite, and move with elegance into this new changed world, get in contact to find out more about AccSL® and Accordant Solutions.

Want to know more?  Contact:  david.leyland@accordantsolutions.co.uk