A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs

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J. Ross Publishing, Dec 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Cutting and driving down costs have long been second nature for many IT organizations. In challenging economic times, even further cutting of IT costs is a requirement for the survival of many organizations. Whether in the midst of an economic downturn or upturn, effective cost management is critical as IT costs can be a significant portion of an organizations overhead cost structure and can even impact an organizations competitive position. A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs provides a toolkit of innovative ideas to assess and reduce costs in an IT organization. It outlines a compilation of practical advice based on interviews and comments from more than 60 CIO's and IT leaders, and it includes many other proven ideas that if implemented will successfully reduce IT costs.

Key Features: 

• Contains practical and helpful tools, and valuable ideas and methods, for intelligently reducing IT costs 

• Focuses specifically on IT costs rather than overall costs in an organization 

• Offers valuable insights from more than 60 CIOs and IT Leaders 

• Discuss the realistic cost savings of current leading technology and IT trends, such as virtualization, cloud computing, software as a service, and outsourcing 

• Includes quick reference bulleted suggestions at the end of each chapter

 

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Contents

Business Applications
4
Technical Infrastructure
12
IT Processes
18
IT Organization
28
Chapter 2The Budgeting Process
35
Communication
44
Perspective
56
Obtain Information
64
Voice Network
139
Servers
152
Data Center
170
Service Support
185
Manage Business Relationship
207
Organization Size
225
Key Points to Remember
240
Meal and Entertainment Expenses
250

Execute
78
Chapter 4Business Applications
83
Purchasing Application Software Licenses
96
Software Implementation
112
Chapter 5Technical Infrastructure
125
Governance and Business Alignment
265
Cost Reduction
279
Culture
292
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About the author (2009)

Anita Cassidy has over 30 years experience in IT. For the first 20 years of her career, she was a practitioner and held a variety of positions such as CIO and Vice President-IT in worldwide manufacturing companies. She has been an IT executive consultant for the past 10 years and is currently a partner of IT Directions. Anita has authored four best-selling IT books, has written for various magazines, such as Info World, Twin and Inc. Technology, and she speaks nationally on strategic planning and improving IT. Dan Cassidy also has over 30 years of IT experience. Dan's experience includes work at several major airlines, a railroad, computer manufacturer, and a major health clinic. He has led major initiatives to cut IT infrastructure costs while improving overall service. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

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