Since quite a long time I ask myself why is there a commonly reported problem (by many peers) to get adequate up to date hardware and software tooling to accomplish IT projects in a competitive way (in fact, in direct analogy to industrial automation and machine workforce)?
Then I have found this amazing quote:
"Unfortunately in many companies equipment and engineering time are completely different costs according to the accounting structure, and it often sadly makes financial sense to go cheap on the hardware even with the huge extra expense of the engineering time. Boss may not have control over it."
My first hypothethis has been that in a consulting project you of course push revenue on actually selling time so optimization is not a managerial hot topic (but risk of mental damage to employed engineers). But then, same has been in fixed cost projects. Maybe, because also here a fixed amount of time has been sold and other type of internal cost just diminishes the projected revenue. But, manual work produces unneeded amount of time..
Please help me understand this. Question: what is your solution to this to stay competiteve,drive good revenue and growth and not lose best of your engineers?
If you think I am wrong with this question in this community: are not savvy PMs who are actually able to recognize and communicate this waste of resources?