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Gartner's Top Cost Optimization Techniques: An IT Perspective

Published: 28 August 2018

ID: G00355598

Analyst(s): Cesar Lozada, Jim McGittigan, James Anderson


When operating costs must be reduced, CIOs evaluate spending and cost drivers. C-suite executives are most concerned about costs in their own budgets, so leverage these 10 techniques to identify cost optimization opportunities across multiple organizational budgets.

Table Of Contents


  • Technique No. 1: Implement Shared Services
  • Technique No. 2: Adopt a Cloud-First Policy Where Appropriate
  • Technique No. 3: Consolidate Enterprise Data Centers
  • Technique No. 4: Rationalize and Standardize Enterprise Applications
  • Technique No. 5: Improve IT Financial Transparency Practices
  • Technique No. 6: Focus on IT Demand-Side Spending for Greater Business Cost Optimization
  • Technique No. 7: Implement Robotic Process Automation
  • Technique No. 8: Evaluate IT Asset Management Practices
  • Technique No. 9: Evaluate Digital Business Transformation Ideas
  • Technique No. 10: Optimize the Workforce

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