Never let a consultant handle your core business

From I, Cringley:

In Minneapolis, Best Buy is known as a body shop.  While they have something like 1000 IT workers, most of them are temporary contractors.  They come and go.  The number of IT people who are Best Buy employees is very small.  Too few to effectively set direction or do things well.  Best Buy depends on an army of consulting firms to do its IT planning and projects.  They do what they are asked to.  Unfortunately there is a big disconnect between what the business really needs and what IT is doing.

Never let a consultant handle your core business.  Every retailer needs to be in the IT business.  Walmart pioneered IT for retailers, what, 40 years ago?  All Best Buy had to do is follow.

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