Download our cost-cutting guide to find more ways to trim

If you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for ways to do more with less, download our IT cost-cutting guide for fresh ideas and budget-trimming inspiration.

If you're an IT leader, you've probably already spent a considerable amount of time going over the budget line-for-line and brainstorming about where you can save a few dollars. But sometimes you need a fresh perspective to spark additional ideas. TechRepublic's new download, "IT Cost Cutting: The Ninja Guide," offers sound advice about trimming your IT budget and finding the freebies that are worth investigating.

Covered in this guide:

  • Common-sense ways to trim your IT budget
  • Creative ways to save money
  • Ways for small and medium businesses to cut costs
  • Free Windows applications
  • Free security tools
  • Giving old servers new life

Let us know if you've found any off-the-beaten-path tricks to beating the recession, whether it's finding new uses for old equipment or discovering a new product that does the job for less.


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Al Plastow
Al Plastow

The IT Cost Cutting Ninja Guide is quite interesting--plenty of great ideas. Unfortunately, brevity is not an effective method of relating genuine savings potentials. I'd like to step through this but, in order to allow others to contribute, I'll just look at Number 7: Fewer & Smarter meetings. This is an excellent idea. However, in my experience, the most significant barrier to smarter--more productive--meetings is in that little mention of agenda. THAT is where a majority of meetings slides into a social club gathering. Try the following simple, common sense ideas that I've developed over the last twelve or so years as a project manager. First: Agendas need to be inclusive. A call for agenda items needs to go out WELL before the meeting. Merely passing them out as people come through the door is a waste of time, money, and trees. What's more, an agenda with no prior input is an invitation to an argument--or an ambush. Second: Once you have asked for agenda items, filter through them. Address--maybe even close--as many as possible prior to finalizing the actual agenda. Keep interacting with attendees. You WANT input. Third: Set and publish the final participatory agenda well before the meeting. This gives people time to prepare and minimizes those potential ambushes. Fourth: Train your people to prepare for meetings ahead of time. In other words, don't walk into one of my meetings without having read and considered every item on the agenda. Bring whatever information you'll need to support any questions or improvements to the discussion. If you aren't ready for the meeting, or you want to play "surprise the chair" don't come. There's more, but these simple steps will substantially increase the bottom line productivity of your meetings. Besides, I've wasted enough of your time with this agenda-less post. If you want more, feel free to start a dialog with me.

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