World-class IT executives achieve superior results in part by shifting their spending and staffing priorities away from technology infrastructure and towards application management, software, and other areas, according to IT Book of Numbers research from The Hackett Group, a business process advisory firm and an Answerthink company.

Overall, Hackett found that world-class IT executives spend 18 percent less than their typical peers and operate with 36 percent fewer staff, while bringing in projects on time and under budget more than 30 percent more often. They are also able to deliver business benefits by dramatically increasing the automation of a wide array of routine business transactions, providing operational efficiency and freeing up staff time throughout the organization to focus on more value-added activities.

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