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A Decision Model to Optimize Risk, Value and Cost

Published: 12 February 2020

ID: G00466040

Analyst(s): Paul Proctor


CIOs should optimize risk, value and cost in a business context through the lens of key stakeholder needs. Doing so will strengthen business cases, funding requests, committee reviews and board reporting to support the achievement of business outcomes.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Optimize Decisions for Risk, Value and Cost
  • The Gartner Risk, Value and Cost Optimization Model
    • Assessment Targets
    • The Value Dimension
    • The Risk Dimension
    • The Cost Dimension
    • The Risk Optimization Zone
    • Stakeholder Credibility and Defensibility
    • Business Context
  • The Treatment Quadrants
    • Invest (Upper Left)
    • Cut (Lower Right)
    • Opportunity (Lower Left)
    • Manage (Upper Right)
  • Using the Model
    • Assessing Risk
    • Determining Cost
    • Assessing Value
    • Factors Influencing Credibility and Defensibility
    • Step by Step
    • Use a Decision Tree to Optimize Risk and Value
    • Implement an Optimized Risk-Decision Model Across Governance

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