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How CIOs Can Use Gartner’s S-A-V-E Methodology to Launch and Sustain IT Cost Optimization Programs

Published: 27 February 2019

ID: G00381711

Analyst(s): Jo Ann Rosenberger


CIOs struggle to identify and execute innovative ideas when creating cost savings plans without buy-in from internal stakeholders. Gartner’s S-A-V-E methodology provides CIOs four actionable steps to engage cross-team communities to identify, analyze, validate and report IT cost optimization ideas.

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  • Key Challenges



  • S — Select and Inform Savings Communities
    • Create Cross-Team Savings Communities to Identify IT Savings and Cost Optimization Opportunities
    • Use a Community Kickoff Meeting to Explain Objectives and Four-Step S-A-V-E Approach
  • A — Analyze IT Spend Categories
    • Use a Four-Level Framework
  • V — Validate Savings Ideas
    • Validate Savings Ideas With IT Leaders and Key Stakeholders
    • Validate Savings Ideas With IT Finance
  • E — Execute Plan and Report Savings
    • Monitor Each Set of Approved Ideas Using a Project Plan
    • Report Savings
  • Example Using S-A-V-E to Launch an IT Cost Optimization Program

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