IT Budgets

CIO’s Tale of Two Cities: Growth vs. Cost Control

Guest post by Suheb Siddiqui “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom.” Charles Dickens might as well have been writing about the CIO’s situation today. Last week, I brainstormed with a CEO of a fast growing organization. His CIO was a part of the […] MORE

September 03, 2015

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7 Creative IT Effectiveness Ideas

For as long as I’ve been working with companies to get more out of their IT investments, we have used the term “IT Effectiveness.” The approaches for helping IT organizations get the most out of what they do have been studied and applied by many leaders and consultants for a long time.  Some refer to […] MORE

July 24, 2014

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IT Budget Reform

Guest post by Raf Burde and Niket Desai Nearly all companies do some kind of annual budget at both the business unit and corporate levels. While many find the process unsatisfying and frustrating, little has been done to challenge this outdated approach. One source of frustration comes from a long planning process that doesn’t match […] MORE

December 03, 2010

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How to Analyze Non-Discretionary IT Budgets

Guest post by Kevin Caceres and Sean Sell When faced with cost pressures, our reaction is often to delay or scale-back projects or cut discretionary projects altogether.  To make matters worse, critical projects are not funded while the non-discretionary IT budget - often two to four times as much as the discretionary budget - continues […] MORE

October 28, 2010

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Tackling Total Cost of Ownership

Guest post by Sean Sell Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis is intended to determine the lifetime costs of acquiring, operating, and changing something. It is primarily used to make apples to apples comparisons in large capital investments, and, if done properly, can bring out hidden costs of ownership. The term is regaining popularity largely […] MORE

October 13, 2010

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13 More IT Cost Cutting Ideas

It's always interesting to me which blog topics generate interest. Two weeks ago, I asked the #CIO Twitter community to offer their ideas for IT cost cutting and the summary was one of the more active posts lately, especially on LinkedIn groups like the Forbes CIO Network. I have summarized the comments below. Thanks to Robert Marchant, Jerry Rosenbaum, Puneet Dhawan, Reuben Thomas, Krishna Pulipati, Curtis Todd and Roger Jennings for their thoughtful comments... MORE

July 27, 2010

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Thoughts on IT Cost Cutting

During a recent business re-org, one of our long-time insurance clients took the opportunity to strengthen their enterprise IT function by centralizing it.  One of their first orders of business is to review the IT estate for opportunities to simplify.  Before I get into Diamond’s answer to this, I thought it would be interesting to […] MORE

July 19, 2010

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