"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
From the Back Cover
"How often have you heard of an IT project that went over budget or over time...There are lots of books about why this is so. This is the first book to show managers on the ground what to do about these problems."
Have you been wasting money on IT? Did your company spend too much on Y2K? Is your business about to be 'Amazoned' because you are spending too much on IT? (typically just adding layers of bureaucracy and barriers to doing business) Are there any areas of IT under-investment in your business?
While managers worry that they are being hoodwinked into spending too much on IT, they may also be penalizing key areas of IT investment. Are you certain that your organization hasn't spent too much on Y2K and not enough for competing on the Internet? What is your organization doing right now about Internet-enabled smart procurement?
A practical guide to understanding and managing IT costs and increasing IT efficiency - getting better value from your IT budget. This book demonstrates how to achieve this and thus reduce IT costs while improving business performance.
Any manager will be able to use this book to get at least 20% better value from their IT spend
A quarter of all money/investment on IT is wasted