IT cost reduction: Save to transform

Part of the For Cloud Professionals podcast series

Deloitte's 2019 Global Cost Survey reveals that companies are no longer simply reducing costs to fund necessary growth. Instead, they are using smart cost-cutting strategies to invest in technologies like cloud, AI/ML, and RPA to help transform their business for the future.

Reduce IT costs and save to transform

Historically, companies have used cost-reduction strategies to hedge against market fluctuations and fund necessary growth. As Deloitte’s 2019 Global Cost Survey reveals, this is no longer the case. Increasingly, companies across the globe are realizing the impact of disruptive technologies and new-market players. In response, they are leveraging ongoing cost-reduction strategies as a means to deploy technologies such as AI/ML, RPA, and cloud, that will enable them to transform their business. In this podcast, David Linthicum and guest, Deloitte’s Omar Aguilar, discuss the results of the Deloitte survey and several of its most compelling findings, including how cost reduction strategies are being disrupted themselves by  technologies that are changing old paradigms and producing new results.

What we saw was companies have started to use savings not only to grow, but to change their infrastructure and themselves, i.e., to transform themselves.

Omar Aguilar is the global leader of the Strategic Cost Transformation service offering for Deloitte Consulting LLP, focused on supporting and serving multinationals and local clients across the globe. His areas of expertise include strategic cost transformation, margin improvement, restructuring, turnarounds, and business model transformations. Prior to his current role, he was the Americas Strategy & Operations regional leader.

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