The traditional approach of IT cost cutting has been to trim off the surface layer of programs or services that aren’t deemed essential, often by broadly cutting a fixed percentage. But where do you go from there? Federal IT can’t risk carving into the underlying layer of muscle that supports the mission. Digging too deeply in the wrong areas could leave you with a hollowed out IT shop, hindering your organization’s ability to deliver public service for the future.
IT cost reduction that only focuses on tangible, obvious components—e.g., hardware, software and data centers—won’t lead to sustainable savings. However, federal IT leaders who take a pragmatic approach to cost cutting can increase government efficiency and grow the ways in which IT can support the mission.