The Real Impacts of Cutting Personnel

IMF members met on April 22nd to discuss the issues surrounding personnel reductions in response to a sagging economy.  With revenues down, pressure is up to cut costs by any means necessary.  However, some companies and economists argue that cutting personnel to meet today’s needs are not the best course of action.  These individuals, as explained in a recent CNBC article, argue that retaining staff will position companies to increase production to pre-resession levels with […]

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Managing Stress in the IT Organization

Recessions equate to job losses, which in turn lead to increased pressure on the remaining organization.  IT groups, which often already operate in a stressful, always-on environment, can become particularly anxiety-rich.  If not properly managed, this can be dangerous first to the employees and their health, and subsequently to the success of the company.  Perhaps the following scenario is familiar: The IT team assigned to a major project is under an amazing amount of stress. […]

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Recessionary Impacts on Vendor Relations: Proceed with Caution When New Billing Models are Proposed

A member recently came to me with an interesting situation – their mainframe software vendor was pitching a new licensing model based on users or tasks instead of the traditional MIPS model.  They were wondering how other companies had been impacted by this approach (if at all), and how their company should approach negotiations with the vendor for upcoming license renewals.  Many companies are in precisely the same situation regarding their mainframe licenses.  This situation […]

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