Strategy #5 — Do More with Less: In a recession budgets are being trimmed and headcount reduced, yet with global competitive pressures your department may be asked to do even more. Seize the challenge and focus on making your department more efficient. Experts say the surest way to improve efficiency is in the smart application of technology. According to studies, virtually all the productivity gains made by U.S. companies over the past quarter century have come via technology. However, experts caution that there are risks associated with the selection of which technologies to implement. They recommend going only with proven, best-of-breed technologies that have been tested and successful at other leading Fortune 1000 companies. Consulting partners, peers and leading analyst firms, such as Gartner and Forrester, provide a good starting point for the evaluation of such technologies.