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2019 CIO Agenda: IT Cost Optimization

Published: 28 June 2019

ID: G00391043

Analyst(s): Andy Rowsell-Jones , Tomas Nielsen , Chris Howard , Jan-Martin Lowendahl , Sanil Solanki


The 2019 Gartner CIO Survey forecast average global IT budget growth for 2019 at 2.9%. This research, based on recent input from members of the Gartner CIO Research Circle, revises the forecast to 1.5%. We provide guidance on how CIOs can optimize their investments in times of uncertainty.

Table Of Contents


  • IT Budget Growth Expectations for 2019 Dialed Back to 1.5%
    • Why IT Budget Growth Can Vary Widely
    • Advice for Those Facing Budget Cuts
    • Advice for Those With Static or Growing Budgets
  • IT Investment Optimization Tactics Vary by Budget Direction
    • Advice on How to Execute Cost Optimization Tactics
  • Increasing IT Budgets Make CIOs More Likely to Invest in Digital Transformation
    • Advice on How to Optimize Returns on Investment in Digital Business
  • Methodology

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