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The speed of methodology adoption in any organization depends on a number of factors. For example, the triggers for using an IT methodology and its subsequent adoption may depend on use of the Internet as a platform for applications and other service delivery, or the shrinking percentage of enterprise IT asset portfolios that need to be proprietary or customized solutions. Other drivers may include more stringent enterprise demands for return on investment, reduced operations spending, and the commoditization of IT hardware and software.

Methodology adoption will be successful only if it demonstrates business value quickly to end users and senior management. For this reason alone, it's vital that the first methodology projects in any organization be successful and conclusive beyond any reasonable doubt. Therefore the metrics and performance data that should accompany a methodology must be both concrete and defensible, able to stand up to the most rigid inspection and brutal analysis. Methodology vendors must be able to provide information on past results and other data that can form a report to senior management.

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