Gartner: Start Planning IT Cost-Cutting Now

Gartner is advising IT organizations to commence cost-cutting measures, saying it is now inevitable that the slowdown in the U.S. economy will prompt belt-tightening.

Gartner is advising IT organizations to commence cost-cutting measures, saying it is now inevitable that the slowdown in the U.S. economy will prompt corporate belt-tightening. The research firm says IT departments "can expect to receive mandates from senior executives to cut IT costs as part of an enterprisewide cost-cutting program." An excerpt:

"Last October we published research recommending that organizations should prepare two IT budgets for 2008, the first reflecting guidance already provided by senior decision makers and a second 'backup' budget assuming the need to cut costs in response to the arrival of a business slowdown," said Ken McGee, vice-president and Gartner Fellow. "Since that time the factors we based the research on

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