Anita Cassidy is a published author with over 30 years IT experience as a CIO, VP, Director, and consultant. Her recent book, published in 2010 is titled "A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs" (JRoss Publishing), and her previous book "A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning" has been an industry best-seller. Anta owns and operates an IT consulting organization, ITDirections (, which helps companies obtain more value from IT with services such as strategic planning, IT assessments, software selection, contract negotiation, governance, temporary CIO, and CIO mentoring.