Gartner Research

Gartner's IT Cost Optimization Principles

Published: 12 April 2017

ID: G00324417

Analyst(s): Jim McGittigan , Ken McGee , Sanil Solanki


The results of multiple national and regional recessions, the Great Recession and more than a decade of extensive research on IT cost optimization have all led Gartner to establish a new set of principles that CIOs can use to guide cost optimization initiatives.

Table Of Contents


  • Research Principles Used to Help Create Gartner's Research Positions on IT Cost Optimization
    • Research Principle No. 1: All Who Deliver or Use Information Technology Should Always Serve in the Capacity of a Fiduciary
    • Research Principle No. 2: Optimizing IT Cost and Value Requires Effective Financial Transparency
    • Research Principle No. 3: IT Financial Management Responsibilities Are Equal in Importance to All Other IT Responsibilities
    • Research Principle No. 4: IT Cost Cutting and IT Cost Optimization Are Two Entirely Different Undertakings
    • Research Principle No. 5: Users Have a Right to Easily Understand All IT Financial-Management-Related Information
    • Research Principle No. 6: There Is No Such Thing as an IT Project
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