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Issue: Budgets are the lifeblood of IT organizations; yet, most managers feel the process is painful, takes too long, and yields little benefit for the effort invested. Two of the factors that contribute to this situation are (1) weak budgeting processes, and (2) inadequate understanding of budgeting by IT managers and staff.
Purpose: This tutorial is designed to provide non-financial managers and staff with a basic understanding of some fundamental budgeting concepts. Once the basics are known and understood, non-financial personnel will be better able to learn to make budgets and budgeting a tool for improved IT planning and management.
Objective: Our aim is to give you a brief, high-level introduction to some important and fundamental budgeting concepts. The issue of budgeting for information technology is explored from the operations and project managers point of view. Common misconceptions are discussed, and four fundamental concepts are explained in non-financial terms.
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What Every Manager Needs To Know About Budgeting