Executives at A.T. Kearney have said in an FCW article published Friday that government agencies should work to reduce information technology spending by adopting a model that aims to provide fact-based visibility into IT operations.
Jeff Sorenson, a partner and vice president for the aerospace and defense practice at A.T. Kearney, co-wrote the opinion piece with Christian Hagen, a partner in A.T. Kearney’s strategic information technology practice; and Anshuman Jaiswal, manager at the consulting firm’s strategic IT practice.
“Strong IT leaders need to coordinate visibility into data-driven optimization opportunities across organizational subcomponents to implement effective enterprise-wide decisions,” they said.
Sorenson, Hagen and Jaiswal noted that IT operations should be assessed based on what they call “six lenses” — the organization’s operating model, service management, complexity management, outsourcing or offshoring, sourcing and technology foresight or lifecycle management.
Oversight on IT functions using the six lenses will work to pinpoint areas of potential value for agencies as well as others that need adjustments or overhaul to facilitate cost savings and efficiency, the authors wrote.
“As leaders, [CIOs] need to challenge, and when needed carefully push back on, IT demand in order to use budget resources more efficiently and, where warranted, transition their organizations to a low-footprint IT vision,” they said.