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Video: Five ways to trim your IT budget

Whether it comes from corporate budget-cutting or the need to simply make room for new projects or priorities, IT leaders need to know what levers to pull to quickly save money. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT Executives looks at five ways to save big bucks with strategic tweaks to the IT budget.

When it comes time for corporate belt-tightening, IT is often a popular target. There are also times when an IT leader simply needs to rework the budget in order to make room for new projects or priorities. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives looks at five ways to save big bucks with some strategic tweaks to the budget.

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10 ways to trim your IT budget

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12 comments
seemin qadiri
seemin qadiri

Jason, What about software asset management? companies do not realize how much they can save by knowing what software they need and matching it with the licenses they own? Gartner, KPMG etc have well documented the cost savings. These measures do not have to be made at a large expense to the company. A smaller company can simply start with a simple spreadsheet.

jsmitty007
jsmitty007

I like the video format. The thing with buying systems, you might want to consider letting the employies decide for themselves or vote on which system to choose from.

james.r.azeltine
james.r.azeltine

Please stop with the videos! The internet is great, but even with a high speed connection, it is painful to watch due to the choppy throughput. I was not able to tolerate it, so I can't comment on the content. Please offer a choice to read the text version.

whatisnew
whatisnew

The video works fine with my T1. But I don't want to turn on my speakers to disturb my co-workers. Text is better in my case.

matthew
matthew

Agreed. Videos don't work over mobile devices. And when you happen to be abroad, finding fast Internet isn't always easy.

Pchampanier
Pchampanier

Spare me the videos! I don't need a talking head just give me the information the old fashioned way. What is the point of this as a video except egos! PC

jck
jck

Five quick, easy ways to trim your IT budget: 1) Don't buy Microsoft. There are plenty of usable, cheap/free alternatives that work just as good or better. Try OpenOffice.org. Save your company $180-400 per license. 2) Don't think the lastest, fastest CPU is always the best. Often, that little bit of processor increase you pay for...is not worth the benefit. look into cheaper alternatives...like memory. 3) Find your talent from your own pool. Often looking outside of the organization doesn't save you much, if anything at all. Plus, the increased headache and cost of recruiting increases the need for HR staff to the company as a whole, as well as taking up valuable IT time in dealing with customer issues in a fiscal year. Spend your time more wisely. 4) Look into alternative training. Quite often (if you have capable, talented IT staff), letting them spend an hour or two a day once a week doing CBT training is more fiscally responsible and just as good as them attending training at a facility, paying upward of 5 times more, and eliminates hotel and travel costs. 5) Don't let the bean counters make IT decisions. IT folks know what IT needs. Making the brass realize that "hey...you save $12,000 in budget not replacing the servers this year. but if we have a failure in the meantime, add up lost man hours and business we lose because of your lack of foresight" is a real good way to keep the management realistic about letting techies make technical decisions. Just my 2 cents...not worth much.

pgit
pgit

Can you tell me what TR does different from every other site on the planet vis calling my flash player? I have flash 10 beta installed on a Mandriva Linux machine. It works flawlessly everywhere except TR. There is nothing non-standard about my install, as I say every last site I visit, including numerous to test flash, (which ALL report it's functional) work flawlessly. But I can't see your videos. It's not firefox, because this same behavior occurs in galeon and opera. konqueror will get to 99% loaded then lock up, though it does begin painting the window. I will admit your videos come up with flash 9.something, but then I have no sound in any browser. I have copied the plugin to every conceivable location on the hard drive to no avail. Any idea what gives? Is there something I should look into as to how your sites attempt to invoke flash?? Thanks. I miss the videos, which used to work until flash and pulse audio began fighting.

theron
theron

I am also on linux with Firefox, but I am running VirtualBox with Vista Business within it, and they won't display on that either, with Flash 9 installed.

pgit
pgit

What distro and what WM? I'm on Mandriva 2008.1 KDE. (one slick distro, love it) I dinked around with settings and eventually got it working. Not the default browser, so I have to load the URL manually. If you have it, try konqueror. Everybody else uses the gecko engine, (eg galeon) konqueror has it's own khtml rendering engine. I'm guessing that's the difference. Even if you're using gnome I believe konqueror will start up for you. Alas, if it's Ubuntu it probably doesn't have konqueror, and installing would need a ton of dependencies. Maybe time to try the Mandriva One live CD? =) http://www.mandriva.com/en/download tip: if you select a country in the drop down, you get a straight download, not a torrent file. Also, pick a mirror in France with either "coffee" or "free" in the name. Most reliable, and "coffee" is the main mirror

theron
theron

Ditto. Too bad there isn't a simple download link instead of leaving it embedded.

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