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Gartner Symposium special

The Gartner Symposium this week presented chief information officers (CIOs) with tips on surviving budget cuts, negotiating...

The Gartner Symposium this week presented chief information officers (CIOs) with tips on surviving budget cuts, negotiating better deals with suppliers, preparing for new innovations in IT and making it up to the board.

Surviving the trough of disillusion
Businesses should use this year - the so-called "gap year" - to cut back on non-critical areas; get rid of non-core technology and finish incomplete projects.
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Prepare to run on 10% of your current budget
As individual parts of the business take over direct control of their IT, CIOs will see budgets slashed. Gartner looks at how their role will change.
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Moving up to the boardroom
While IT budgets are reduced, the CIO needs to spend more time focusing on supplier relationship management. Gartner explains how a CIO can exert influence on the board.
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Re-skill for Web services
The IT industry is pushing Web service tools and products already but before they become mainstream Gartner feels users will need to change their approach to managing IT departments. Read article >>

How to negotiate a contract with Dell
Dell has built a strong reputation in the PC business by offering a low-cost alternative to Compaq, IBM and HP. But Gartner has warned that users need to look at the small print in their contracts.
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