I have no problem with the policies. What I have a problem is this: I am hired to do a job. I need certain tools that I know for a fact make my job more productive. My management, who also manages IT, supports all my requests. The IT, instead of responsibly considering my request, automatically give excuse after excuse why such little programs are a problem. They spew a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo out there to confuse the higher ups. but, fortunately, i probably know way more about this stuff than them, it's all BS. Frankly, it's either a power-trip or laziness. The point is that I need this software, and their job is to get it as long as it is approved by management and doesn't cause a specific problem. Just because they don't want a little extra work (which there should be barely any if they cut the BS) doesn't mean you prevent the request from getting through. bottom line is that I'm asking for it, it's your job to get it. Don't give me a hard time about it, and if you plan to, you better have a good reason for it.
Someone asked for a package that did some kind of technical analysis a while back. The IT guy gave some straight up bullshit that because the program was written using SQL or something like that, we need an actual several-thousand dollar SQL server license. That's bullshit. The only license we need is the one to buy the program, it doesn't matter what the author used to write the program. So, get it, install it, and go away. If we do in fact need a sql license or whatever, well, then get that as well, there's no shortage of money here. The point is, the analysis needs to be done, it's your job to make it work on the computer. Don't give me any nonsense about it.