In today's economically
challenging environment, managers are required to
stretch their dollars--be it in marketing, IT or
training--in order to minimize costs and maximize
So how do you get the
desired results with less effort, less expense and
Doing more with less is
about working smarter--not harder. For example, if
your business needs have changed, you could discuss
with your vendor and see if you could renegotiate
the terms of your contract to better suit your new
For software, Gartner's
Pranav Kumar says one of the best times to negotiate
for a better deal is when you upgrade to a new
In this month's SMB IT
Essentials special report, we look at how firms can
overcome resource constraints and get more
"bang" from their IT buck with the right
approach and strategy.
After doing its sums,
IT public relations specialist the EBA Group has
chosen to migrate
to Linux because of its security and cost
advantages. META Group's Damien Wong explains the
importance of business-driven
processes in IT deployment, while CNETAsia
journalist Zen Lee uncovers the pitfalls
of outsourcing and how SMBs can do it right.
We also discuss the benefits
of IP telephony in reducing telecommunications
costs as well as the importance of having a
task center to reduce the time that employees
spend on copying, scanning, faxing and printing.
And as we've learned,
sometimes you have to lose some to win big.
Aloysius Choong talks to ATS
Technology's James Jeong and discovers that
knowing when to cut your losses is as important as
knowing when to make the right investments.
On that note, we hope
these case studies and features help you make the
right decisions. If you have a question or an
experience to share, drop
us an e-mail. We'd love to hear from you!