Gartner Research

Managing Cost Optimization Primer for 2016

Published: 08 January 2016

ID: G00293042

Analyst(s): Kurt Potter


Cost optimization is more art than science, and a dynamic capability where one size does not fit all. IT organizational strategies and tactics will and should be different to take advantage of seemingly unlimited and unique opportunities to be found for motivated CIOs and IT leaders.

Table Of Contents



  • Top Challenges and How Gartner Can Help
    • How do I implement a cost optimization program for IT resources, assets, services and outcomes that aligns to long-term business goals?
    • How do I maximize and prioritize the best opportunities for optimizing IT and business vendor costs?
    • How do I identify standardization and simplification cost optimization opportunities, while preserving capabilities that do not require optimization?
    • How do I use my cost optimization programs to help the enterprise optimize business-related costs, products and services with automation and better utilization?
    • How do I increase the maturity of IT financial management to drive a transparency strategy that will deliver effective cost optimization outcomes?
    • How do I employ radical cost optimization strategies to respond to unforeseen economic or industry conditions, while preserving the viability of my IT organization?

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  • Suggested First Steps
  • Essential Reading
  • Tools and Toolkits

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