Welcome to the inaugural Network World on IT Leadership e-mail newsletter, and thanks to readers of the former Career Advisor and Management Strategies newsletters for coming along on the ride. As you probably know, this new newsletter will focus on your career issues and challenges as an IT leader.We\u2019ll look at topics such as advancing the IT agenda within your company, budgeting, calculating ROI, mastering project management and getting the most from your staff and network. If there\u2019s anything in particular that you would like me to cover, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.Autumn is here. For many companies that operate with a calendar fiscal year, it\u2019s time to prepare the 2004 IT budget. The more you can use solid figures to demonstrate the benefits, the more likely your IT project is to win approval from the powers that be.If you need some pointers assembling a persuasive proposal, check out free online tutorial from Resource Management Systems (RMS), a consulting firm specializing in IT resource allocation. Go to https:\/\/www.rms.net\/tut_prop.htm, where you\u2019ll find the \u201cIT Proposal Preparation Primer.\u201dThis quick training tool provides a broad overview of the proposal writing process, walking through proposal development, what to include, and how to submit it. There\u2019s also a quiz that lets you see how well you\u2019ve learned the lesson.And those of you who are already pros at writing IT project proposals could probably still use some advice on getting the dough for a deployment. RMS has another tutorial, \u201cGet Your IT Project Funded\u00a0- 5 Steps to Improve the Odds.\u201d Get it at https:\/\/www.rms.net\/tut_proj.htm. Like the other lesson, this one also has a simple quiz for testing your knowledge.