Unless agencies undertake a strategic approach to IT consolidation, they are likely to end up worse-off post-consolidation than pre-consolidation. This post explores some key activities that are vital to long term success of agencies’ transition to a new environment.
This past Wednesday, I attended the CSIS event on "Technology, Innovation, and Deficit Reduction," where Sam Palmisano, IBM’s CEO and Michael Dell of Dell Computers spoke about the framework shared with the White House to remove over $1T from the national debt over the next decade.
When immediate budget constraints are competing with long-term savings and legislation such as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, outcomes-based charging can help governments minimize up-front costs and risk, but still realize valuable savings in the end.
The federal government is looking at Information Technology (IT) Consolidation at way to reduce costs and improve performance. IBM’s success in consolidating its own IT systems and infrastructure provides insight into how adoption of commercial best practices and reduce IT costs while improving performance and increasing service levels.