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Trimming the 'fat' from your IT roadmap in 2014

SearchCIO's #CIOChat-ers tell us where to trim 'fat' from the technology budget in 2014 in order to establish a sustainable IT roadmap.

It's the time of year when everybody is talking about slimming down -- even your CIO. No, your CIO isn't necessarily hitting the gym to work on his or her physique, but instead may be exploring how to trim fat from the IT budget and build a sustainable IT roadmap in 2014.

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Annual IT budget planning periods may have come and gone, but it's never too late to cut unnecessary projects from the pipeline or excessive expenses from the docket. During SearchCIO's year-end tweet jam, we asked participants, "What 'fat' do you plan to trim from IT in 2014?"

Several areas of IT emerged as superfluous, according to our followers, including storage, applications and unused services. SearchCIO Editorial Director Christina Torode was first to sound off, suggesting that IT leaders are moving away from buying storage and turning toward housing data in the cloud:

According to our tweet jam participants, applications are another area on the IT roadmap to trim the fat from:

CTO and technology strategist Michael Keen chimed in on which apps he believes can be cut without negatively affecting the IT organization:

To read the full conversation, type #CIOChat into the search bar on Twitter then click "All" to view all related tweets. Our next tweet jam will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. EST. Follow @SearchCIO for updates and a topic announcement.

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