Eight Ways to Avoid Explosive Rises in IT Costs

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The lack of dominance of one form factor, platform or operating system will affect negotiations with previously dominant vendors. In addition to managing a new dynamic with existing providers, IT procurement executives must be ready to deal with new vendors, such as Apple and Google, that because of their consumer orientation behave very differently from traditional providers. Software vendors are changing their licensing programs to charge for new types of mobile devices, so IT asset managers need a firm grasp of compliance-tracking, the related costs of employee-owned devices, and the various consumer apps being brought into their organizations. For some, enterprise app stores may help optimize mobile asset costs and management.

IT asset cost optimization is a growing concern for IT asset management (ITAM) and IT procurement professionals. Gartner's 2013 CIO Survey shows that CIOs continue to include "reducing the cost of IT" among their top three business priorities. At the same time, ITAM and IT procurement executives face eight disruptive forces that, if not managed proactively, could lead to sudden increases in IT asset costs.

This slideshow features the disruptive forces that could have a significant impact on ITAM and IT procurement professionals, together with advice on how to contain or mitigate them from Alexa Bona, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

 

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