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Government Cost Optimization 101: Stop Acting Like a Cost Center

Published: 03 June 2019

ID: G00391326

Analyst(s): Cathleen Blanton


Government CIOs are under constant pressure to do more with less, while still enabling digital government. When IT is treated as a cost center, CIOs must show progress and results while enhancing financial transparency to demonstrate good stewardship of funding.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Assess and Address IT Cost Savings
  • Establish Ongoing IT Cost Optimization Practices and Values
    • Integrate Cost-Saving Values and Practices Into Business as Usual
    • Evaluate Grant and Program Funding Separately
    • Use Benchmarks to Rationalize IT Costs and Establish a Target Run Budget
  • Establish Financial Transparency Roadmap
    • Demonstrate How You Can Invest Money to Save Money, and Publicize That Among Your Peers

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