Don Reisinger published a recent article on CIO Insight explaining how CIOs could help control technology costs. What others can you add to Don’s list?

  1. Say Goodbye to Outdated Legacy Products. One of the biggest mistakes CIOs make is that they hold on to out-dated products. Your employees might prefer the old stuff, but over the long-term, future-proofing the office should be the first goal.
  2. Intelligent Outsourcing. In the outsource world, value means the difference between a good decision and a bad decision. If you find the right, skilled person for the job, it will yield a generous ROI. If, instead, you settle for the cheapest alternative, regardless of skills, trouble will ensue.
  3. Remember Windows 7’s Windows XP Mode. As virtualization becomes an increasingly important aspect of the CIOs life, Windows 7 could be one of the most value-packed operating systems Microsoft has ever released. Why? Windows XP Mode. The operating system will work with current applications and hardware, and work with mission-critical legacy apps that need Windows XP.
  4. Think More About Google. While [Google Docs] not as capable as [Microsoft] Office, the software is available for free online.
  5. Communicate Via Facebook. As long as proper policies are in place to govern what employees can and cannot do or say, a free alternative is far superior to team-based communication solutions that will cost your company hefty fees each year.
  6. There Is Value In the Cloud. Several cloud-based solutions are much cheaper than their desktop counterparts. And, since they’re available from anywhere, you can increase employee productivity and utilization by allowing them to work wherever an Internet connection is available.
  7. Utilization Through Mobility. By giving employees a notebook computer, work can be done from anywhere. Encourage telecommuting for those who don’t need to work in the office every day.
  8. Netbooks Aren’t A Bad Choice. Although these lightweight computers are substantially less powerful than notebooks, they work quite well for those employees who don’t need the best and biggest computer on the market.
  9. Duplicate Services Are Costly. Strictly evaluate all the various products and services your employees are using to avoid overlap.
  10. Don’t Overlook Automation. For example, setting up an online service that allows customers to input data instead of your employees having to do so makes for a far more efficient operation.
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