CIOs target IT maintenance fees to cut costs

One local CIO explains why he\'s doing what he\'s doing.

Some revenue-starved local governments are targeting ongoing maintenance fees paid to IT vendors as an area for cutting costs. One of them is Montgomery County, Md., where CIO Steve Emanuel wants vendors to lower their profit expectations. Government Technology reports that Emanuel believes that today’s IT maintenance charges no longer reflect realistic amounts that governments can pay. The publication quotes Emanuel as saying that vendors need to adjust and dismissed concerns that forcing vendors to drop maintenance costs would cause them to stop offering services to governments.

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