Quite similar to our lives, where its extremely difficult to unlock ones golden handcuffs and venture out into the space to pursue our dreams, the IT industry is also locked with the golden handcuff of Reliability, Integrity and Performance.
Reliability & Integrity is usually faith of users on the tried and tested solutions & companies and notional understanding of their offerings.Not much long back it was said that "No one gets fired for buying IBM" and now in India you can add Cisco, Websence, Symantec, Dell, SAP etc for their specific domains.
Performance is one aspect, where we keep our eyes open but rationality shut. For Services, we usually go for opinions, peer experiences and the notional market value of the vendor who would at least provide decent experience it not best. Question is why not go for brilliant? and if feasible for stimulative comparison
Amusingly the trio of Reliability, Integrity and Performance sum up to RIP for IT budgets and ROIs and bone of contention between CIO & CFO.
Not that we completely ignore RIP parameters, but one should first take the simple sequence of Need Analysis to Requirement Scope to Solution Design.. Mostly, to save our time, trust, jobs or plain simple laziness, we try and plug the requirement scope with solutions available nearest to us and then use a sledge hammer to try and bring down the cost. Trust me, it will never work. But again, skeptics would say for every need, we cannot have the unlimited bandwidth of time and energy and hence the tried and tested process of "shoving the solution to the requirement" suits us all.
Fortunately, its difficult and not impossible. Put in practice the thought to unshackle the handcuff and come out of the monotonous cycle of RIP practice. Stick your neck out and you will see many around breaking the RIP cycle and keeping both CFO & CIO happy simultaneously.