As we get into the holiday season, there's a good chance that you're winding up -- or are running late on -- your annual budget for 2014. So I'm going to share several strategies to consider when looking at the general task of budgeting for an IT department, whether your process is highly structured or more flexible. Some of these ideas are useful when you're working on a formal budget; others are best practices for use year-round and, once in place, will make the annual chore much easier.

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You can also download the Excel template I use for our budget. There are tabs for the detailed line items and liberal use of pivot tables t ...

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