Nobody likes writing up budgets. It is a lot less fun than learning a new technology or architecting a new service. But the organization you work for needs to bring in more money than it sends out, or it is in trouble.

In IT, we are usually on the cost side of the ledger. That means that we have to be sensitive to the business cycles of the organization, and we may need to adjust our spending over the course of the year to match the business’s cash flow. Work closely with the finance department to find out what the business needs, and try to structure spending to match what the company needs. If you develop a good working relationship ...

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