Posts Tagged 'Cutter-Benchmark-Review'

Jun 262012
 
Looking at IT Budgeting Trends over the Last 7 Years

We’re studying how IT budgeting is changing, where the dollars are being spent, the effect of the economic climate on the budget, and more. This is the 7th year we’re conducting this research. Why? So you can get a deeper understanding of where things are trending and how this might affect your organization. Your input will help! As Cutter Senior Consultant Gabe Piccoli wrote in his analysis of last year’s data: Each year IT managers and business professionals carefully plan for the unknowns of the next fiscal cycle, balancing often disparate needs into a budget that will hopefully serve their organizations well as they move forward. At the heart of the challenge facing IT managers Read more

Sep 252009
 

The Cutter Benchmark Review team is putting together an issue on IT’s Role in Reverse Logistics, and that means it’s survey time. The topic was new to me, so I went to the web for some education and inspiration. And bam! I found this great piece in Modern Materials Handling. In a nutshell, I learned that effectively dealing with returned materials offers companies the opportunity to bolster customer satisfaction, increase profit margins through resale (through channels like eBay or Craigslist), minimize inventory carrying costs and reduce their impact on the environment. The strategic use of IT resources can be the difference between success and failure in this endeavor. In fact, state-of-the-art technology and applying the Read more

Sep 172009
 

Last spring, when Gabe Piccoli, Rick Watson and Emily Ryan looked at whether green IT/IS was a priority for organizations, they found some good news: their survey for Cutter Benchmark Review uncovered that more than one-third of companies in the US, and over half of European companies had a long-term strategy in place for reducing their environmental footprints. Environmental responsibilities are increasingly becoming a mandatory part of business strategies. The pressure not only comes from growing customer demand for green products and processes, but it’s also coming from industry-specific government regulations that enforce precise collection, management, and reporting of carbon data. So now Gabe, this time along with Cutter Senior Consultant Bhuvan Unhelkar and Brian Read more

Jul 232008
 

In our just-published Cutter Benchmark Review article (see “Linking IT Budgeting, Governance, and Value,” Vol., 8, No. 7), Tom Bugnitz and I report that only 27% of managers of large companies believe their IT is superior to that of their competition. (By “large,” we mean companies with more than US $50 million annual spend.) For all companies, regardless of size, only 39% of managers believe that their company’s IT is superior. Wow. Forget about the idea that a manager may not actually know what his or her competitor’s IT is and how it compares. Forget about the problem of separating IT from IT-enabled business and management process — for, of course, that’s what really matters. Read more