Patterns are very much like habits, good or bad, they tend to recur. We find, no matter how the economic or regulatory climate is leaning, embarking on Operational Infrastructure change initiatives tends to follow a cycle that revolves around the annual calendar. Projects typically kickoff at the beginning of the year and conclude by year end. The most plausible reason for this has to do with the annual planning and budgeting process; and with the employee compensation cycle. Also projects tend to get completed around Thanksgiving, as people want to simply enjoy the holiday season and ride out the remainder of the year in a festive mood. While 2010 ended in a similar fashion to any other year, 2011 started much different. There seems to be urgency in the air. A confluence of factors could be causing this – pent up needs, an improving economic climate, Dodd Frank kicking-in, to name a few. Whatever the cause is, we are noticing that many firms are taking actions earlier in the year including starting and fast-tracking technology projects. If the first 3 months of the year is any indication, 2011 might just be the beginning of a multi-year cycle of Operational Infrastructure renewal. Stay tuned!!
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