When IT cuts costs, everyone feels it.
- Average growth rates for Opex and Capex budgets are expected to continue to decline over the next fiscal year.
- Common “quick-win” cost-cutting initiatives are not enough to satisfy the organization’s mandate.
- Cost-cutting initiatives often take longer than expected, failing to provide cost savings before the organization’s deadline.
- Cost-optimization projects often have unanticipated consequences that offset potential cost savings and result in business dissatisfaction.
- IT costs affect the entire business, not just IT. For this reason, IT must work with the business collaboratively to convey the full implications of IT cost cuts.
- Avoid making all your cuts at once; phase your cuts by taking into account the magnitude and urgency of your cuts and avoid unintended consequences.
- Don’t be afraid to completely cut a service if it should not be delivered in the first place
Impact and Result
- Take a value-based approach to cost optimization.
- Reduce IT spend while continuing to deliver the most important services.
- Involve the business in the cost-cutting process.
- Develop a plan for cost cutting that avoids unintended interruptions to the business.