2009-10 has seen the largest worldwide economic downturn since the 1930’s, government spending is being severely cut, taxation is being increased and a potential double dip is still a potential outcome for 2011. Under these conditions CIO’s are being pressurised to reduce their IT budgets whilst increasing value to the business.
There are of course the traditional methods of reducing the budget spend of an IT department by investigating potential areas to reduce costs. For example cloud computing, virtualisation, print management, offshoring, investigating areas to insource or outsource as appropriate etc. This article however is designed to explore areas that are not immediately obvious but can result in significant savings, or at least demonstrate the value that IT brings to the business.