Facilities versus IT

I was having an interesting conversation with the datacenter facilities manager of a largish company.  He was lamenting the fact that his organization reported up to the CFO and IT reported to the CIO.

I was having an interesting conversation with the datacenter facilities manager of a largish company.  He was lamenting the fact that his organization reported up to the CFO and IT reported to the CIO. His complaint centered on the fact that there were many times that the IT managers wanted/expected him to go out and purchase systems that would require changes to the datacenter cooling and power and all of it un-budgeted and unplanned (well at least by the datacenter facilities manager.)

When he would tell his colleague from IT that he'd love to help and would put the request in next year's facilities budget. The IT manager was insisting that the installation be done now.

The facilities manager asked if the IT manager had funding for additional systems and the changes to the cooling and power systems in the datacenter. The IT manager said no, but it was needed right now.

I imagine that the lack of a unified environment often makes it difficult for facilities, IT and other groups to accomplish what is needed by the organization. Do you have a similar story to share?

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