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CIOs share advice on doing more with less

CIOs are doing more with less -- and sharing their budget strategies. Get advice on everything from ITIL to outsourcing with our top five lean thinking tips.

CIOs are always looking for ways to maintain innovation and be forward-thinking in their leadership roles. But with tighter budgets and leaner staffs, they inevitably are doing more with less.

We've compiled our best lean-thinking, budget-stretching strategies for midmarket CIOs. Find out how to decipher Software as a Service (SaaS) contracts and licensing issues; discover who's using IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and IT Service Management (ITSM) initiatives in their IT shops; and learn the best way to build a corporate performance management (CPM) strategy. So read on for strategic planning advice on these and other topics, all aimed at doing more with less.

 Top five reasons to start using ITIL and ITSM today
[Kristen Caretta, Associate Editor]
Looking for a reason to start following ITSM and ITIL frameworks? We have five. Learn how to get the most out of ITSM and ITIL initiatives.

 CIOs share SaaS contract advice on pricing, customization and more
[Christina Torode, Senior News Writer]
CIOs who have been down the SaaS road share what they wish they had done differently and what went right with licenses, code in escrow and more in their SaaS contracts.

 Options for outsourcing security grow, offer IT budget savings
[Linda Tucci, Senior News Writer]
Outsourcing security -- to the cloud or via managed security services -- gains traction as vendors push recession cost savings and respond to security threats for midsized firms.

 How disaster recovery savings can pay for business continuity planning
[Linda Tucci, Senior News Writer]
Experts identify five areas for cost savings that can fund your business continuity plan efforts.

 How to build an effective corporate performance management strategy
[Christina Torode, Senior News Writer]
These five steps for CPM success focus on internal process and technical expertise.

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