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Focus on Facts for Manufacturing Cost Optimization

Published: 21 June 2019

ID: G00388841

Analyst(s): Ellen Eichhorn , Ivar Berntz


Manufacturing CIOs must direct IT cost optimization efforts that are often muddied with conflicting priorities and internal politics. Common cost optimization pitfalls can be avoided using a proactive approach derived from data and best-in-class practices.

Table Of Contents


  • IT Cost Optimization Definition
  • Leverage Global Initiatives for Enterprise Results
  • Distinguish Between Optimization and Reduction
  • Base Initiatives on Four Core Steps
  • Develop a Cost Optimization Roadmap
    • Manufacturing Industry Considerations
  • Bring the Facts, and Question (Not Threaten) Everything
    • Remove the Stigma of “No One Understands the IT Budget”
    • Strive to Cut More Spend Than Is Required to Meet the Reduced Budget Goal
  • Make Cost Optimization a Continuous, Enterprisewide Discipline
  • Recognize the Reality of BU IT, and Engage Stakeholders to Create Value
  • Balance Discussions About Cost Optimization With Equal Emphasis on IT Value

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