20 October 2008 | Jake Kanter
Buyers must become more "agile" in the way they purchase IT to help "cut costs rapidly", according to an industry expert
Speaking at an IT conference in the US last week, Barbara Gomolski, managing vice-president at IT consultancy Gartner, said buyers should overhaul fixed-rate spending on technology projects in favour of more flexible, variable cost purchases. She noted current economic conditions mean businesses need IT services that respond quickly to their needs.
"The traditional acquisition model of buying hardware and software and depreciating it over time, does not allow organisations to quickly shift their IT investments, or cut costs rapidly," Gomolski said.
She explained outsourcing IT services could be one way of securing flexibility. Gomolski also suggested other schemes, such as collaborating with other organisations on technology purchases or developing shared data centres. "What is important is that the cost model of IT is a lever that the business can use to balance the need for growth while managing cost and risk."