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A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs

A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs

By Anita Cassidy and Dan Cassidy
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 296 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-033-4
December 2009

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Retail Price: $49.95
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“This guide is a thoroughly practical and very complete catalog of techniques for cutting the cost of information technology and for doing so in a planned way that doesn't damage the organization in the process.”

Bob Lewis, President, IT Catalysts

“Once again the authors produce a timely and effective guide for the IT leader. No matter if your cost reduction needs come from an economic downturn, a business challenge, or simply a proactive realignment of your IT spend, you will find a host of ideas, pitfalls, and tips in this book.”

Keith Guggenberger, Starkey Laboratories
About the Item

Eliminating 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, 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 CIO’s 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
  • About the Author(s)
    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.
    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Cost Reduction Strategies
    Business Applications
    Technical Infrastructure
    IT Processes
    IT Organization

    Chapter 2: The Budgeting Process
    The Budget
    Financial Options

    Chapter 3: The Cost Reduction Project
    Establish Goals
    Obtain Information
    Identify & Prioritize Actions

    Chapter 4: Business Applications
    Application Portfolio
    Purchasing Application Software Licenses
    Software Implementation
    Custom Application Development
    Additional Application Options

    Chapter 5: Technical Infrastructure
    Preparing for Infrastructure Reductions
    Overall Infrastructure Strategies
    Data Network
    Voice Network
    Data Center

    Chapter 6: IT Processes
    Process Overview
    Service Delivery
    Service Support
    Systems Implementation
    Manage Resources
    Manage Business Relationship

    Chapter 7: Organization and People
    Workforce Options
    Organization Size
    Organization Structure
    Employee Benefits and Motivation

    Chapter 8: Overhead and Miscellaneous Costs
    Overhead Costs
    Machines and Equipment
    Other Expenses

    Chapter 9: Communication
    Communicating to the Business
    Communicating to IT

    Chapter 10: Cost Reduction Pitfalls
    Communication and Change Management
    Governance and Business Alignment
    Project Execution
    Cost Reduction Tactics
    Sustaining Culture

    Chapter 11: IT Value
    Definition of Value
    Components for Value Generation
    Cost Reduction

    Chapter 12: Conclusion
    Cost Reduction Maturity Model
    Reduction Tactic Summary
    Economic Recovery


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