The crush of the economic crisis has put the squeeze on North American IT budgets, freezing and in some cases eliminating discretionary spending and new projects altogether. While most organizations polled in a recent Info-Tech Research Group survey said they are doing everything they can to avoid layoffs (only 13 percent have committed to staff changes to date), nearly half way through 2009 the outlook remains stark: 

In uncertain times, having a strategic plan and a solid budget ready is the best thing IT leaders can do for their departments.  “Knowing where excess resources are being spent is the dream of every IT manager who is forced to make cuts and spend smarter,” says Andy Woyzbun, lead analyst with Info-Tech Research Group.  To prepare for winning budget approval, Info-Tech offers the following seven recommendations.   Recommendations

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