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Cost Optimization Perspectives: 2008 Versus 2016; What's Different Now?

Published: 26 February 2016

ID: G00301098

Analyst(s): Barbara Gomolski, Kurt Potter , Sanil Solanki , Ken McGee , Jim McGittigan


With the threat of difficult economic times ahead, anxious IT executives are bracing for a return to cost-cutting efforts they pursued just a few years ago. Despite some troubling parallels with 2008, we believe 2016 will be different for two key reasons — both of which are good news for IT.

Table Of Contents


  • Examining 2008 and 2016
    • Unfavorable Comparisons Between 2008 and 2016
    • Favorable Comparisons Between 2008 and 2016
  • Why 2016 Will Be Different
    • IT Executives Are Experienced in the Art of Cost Cutting and Cost Optimization
    • Emerging IT Solutions Are Becoming an Indispensable Source of Revenue Creation
  • Conclusion

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