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Gartner Analysts to Discuss Best Practices and Strategies for Government IT Cost Optimization

While the IT industry faces unprecedented challenges from the economic downturn, CIOs have opportunities to drive cost containment and innovation at the same time, according to Gartner, Inc.

Analysts will guide CIOs of government and public sector enterprises on how to navigate the unsettled IT market during the Gartner Local Briefings, on December 8th in Chandigarh. Gartner analysts will discuss how to save hardware costs through virtualization, manage storage growth, and showcase best practices on how to negotiate with software vendors.

“IT Leaders are confronting reduced revenues and profits and need to restructure their businesses accordingly," said Mr. Bhavish Sood, principal research analyst, Gartner. “Government and public sector enterprise CIOs can set up long-term measurement and IT cost management programs to avoid cost optimization becoming a one-time tactical effort. These programs will enable IT departments to break free from being perceived as cost centers, and instead enable them to be perceived as a value driver.”

There are three sessions scheduled in Chandigarh. The first session scheduled is “Server Virtualization-Trends, Best Practices and the Future.” Mr. Naveen Mishra , senior research analyst will provide more analysis during the session The session will help IT leaders understand the current adoption trends in India including the key drivers and inhibitors. As the Indian market is in the nascent stage of adoption, this session will discuss the best practices of server virtualization adopted across the globe and in India.

The second session is titled “Changing Storage Technologies: Where to Invest to Save Costs?” Mr. Aman Munglani, principal research analyst at Gartner, will examine the current challenges in storage, and what are the emerging storage hardware technologies. He will also look at the best practices for implementing a data life cycle management plan.

Mr. Bhavish Sood, principal research analyst at Gartner, will host the session “Best Practices For Software Licensing and Contracting.” Mr. Sood will discuss what are the drivers behind mounting pressure on software margins, as well as what trends will affect the way software will be licensed and priced through 2010.

The December 8 Cost Containment Local Briefing will be held at the Hotel Mount View in Chandigarh. The briefings will offer the latest insights on creating and sustaining an agile process-powered organization. Gartner analysts will share and discuss some of the best of breed practices for cost containment & optimization. More information and a complete agenda can be found at http://asiapac.gartner.com/register/costcontainmentindia09.cfm.

Members of the media can register by contacting sony.shetty@gartner.com

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