Taking Control of IT Costs: A Business Managers Guide (Paperback)Sebastian Nokes (author)
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Information Technology is one of the major costs for businesses in the 21st Century and yet it is allowed to operate without the usual cost controls imposed on other departments. The last few years have seen huge investment in IT with the lead-up to Y2K, the explosion of e-business and the increased dependence on IT business systems. But is it delivering the goods? It is hard for senior management without specialist IT knowledge to judge the value of IT spend. As we enter a period of economic slowdown, managers need to increase their efforts to manage costs. IT can no longer expect to be exempt.
Senior managers will find this briefing an invaluable guide to imposing normal cost discipline on IT spend - within the IT department or elsewhere - without the need for technical knowledge of IT. IT managers will also find it useful in implementing their own cost management programmes.
Contents include:The opportunity and rewards of managing IT costs Outline of a project to manage IT costs Guidelines on implementing tasks Cost allocations and their effect on real costs IT strategy review Outsourcing, ASPs and Internet in IT cost management
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 234 x 189 x 13 mm
"In most businesses in which I have been involved throughout my auditing career there has been a certain mysticism attached to IT. Even in this modern age there are many managers who continue to regard a computer as a magic black box. Where they have learnt how to switch a pc on, there are not many who hand on heart understand the technology. Nor should they be expected to. And yet not many of these same managers would dream of entering into a major capital project without a full cashflow analysis or establishing a project management programme. The IT department in any business is a key part of the undertaking. But it can easily become a bottomless pit. Instead of adding value to the business it can fast become a runaway cost. Taking Control of IT Costs is an excellent model for the layman to get to grips with the pitfalls. "
Colin Harris CA (SA), Director of Internal Audit & Business Continuity, St. John Ambulance, London