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A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs by Dan Cassidy, Anita Cassidy

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COST REDUCTION PITFALLS

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word crisis. One brush stroke stands for danger, the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger—but recognize the opportunity.

—John F. Kennedy

Reducing costs can be plagued with pitfalls and challenges along the way. As illustrated in Figure 10-1, many of the problems actually exist independent of economic pressures, but the challenges are not as visible or painful until you reduce the budget. Throwing more resources and money at problems tends to mask them. However, reducing the budget brings to the surface many issues that were always there and this ...

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