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Driving Cost Optimization Across the Enterprise: An IT Perspective

Published: 29 April 2019

ID: G00383464

Analyst(s): Chris Ganly , Robert Naegle


CIOs’ IT cost management efforts are often clouded by conflicting priorities with other C-suite executives. Cost optimization approaches must extend beyond short-term cost-cutting activities and engage executive stakeholders in providing programmatic and systematic improvements.

Table Of Contents


  • Focus on Cost Optimization Versus Cost Cutting
  • Build Your Understanding of Cost Optimization
  • Approach Cost Optimization as Four Key Activities
    • 1. Baseline Efficiency and Effectiveness
    • 2. Develop the Cost Optimization Plan
    • 3. Execute the Cost Optimization Plan
    • 4. Communicate Plans to Stakeholders, and Lead the Organization Through the Change

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