How much of your IT spend is wasted?

How much of your IT spend is wasted?

SaaS, cloud and vendor use rights have muddied the IT asset management waters, making it difficult for CIOs to account for software spending.

Published on 27th October 2022

Dive Brief:

Dive Insight:

The proliferation of “as a Service” technologies and public cloud infrastructure services poses a significant challenge for IT asset management teams tasked with cutting wasteful spending and reaping value from sourcing decisions, the report said.

The complexity of software vendor use rights was similarly cited as the major cost management challenge by nearly one-third of respondents.

Eliminating redundancy and waste isn’t always the easiest path to trimming budgets, but it’s often the best way to get the most out of each dollar spent.

While IT budgets have so far escaped major cutbacks, inflation has taken a bite and belts are tightening. Finding ways to reduce IT costs without eliminating tech capabilities is the target organizations are aiming at.

Companies have realigned reporting structures as pressures to meet demands for more efficient software spending.

The number of IT asset management teams reporting directly to a CIO or CTO has nearly doubled since last year, up to 43% from 22%, according to Flexera.

And teams are finding ways to cut waste. The most successful software asset management teams were able to avoid purchasing new software licenses through the reuse of existing ones, the report said. Negotiating better vendor contracts and reducing maintenance spending on unused software were two other effective ways to realize savings.


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