Why Does IT Cost So Much?

Across Canada and around the world, senior university leaders are watching their IT budgets continue to grow. In an era of greater cost scrutiny, this expanding demand from IT seems counterintuitive and senior university leaders are increasingly questioning why. The simple answer is that IT costs are growing because universities are using IT more broadly and more systemically in everything they do. Yet that answer does not fully capture the big picture. There are many forces driving up costs and we need to understand what we can control and what we cannot. Mark's original article on this topic was published in the University Manager Magazine Fall 2015 issue (page 27).



mark roman

Chief Information Officer, Simon Fraser University