Cost Management - Cost Optimisation

IMD’s Cost Optimisation service will support our customers in ensuring the costs of their project are appropriate, attributable and reasonable. Through the tailored use of an effective opportunity management process, investment appraisals, cost benefit analysis and detailed cost investigations, IMD’s consultants will help ensure value for money is achieved.


  • Opportunity management with specific cost reduction targets
  • Investment appraisals to support cost based decision making
  • Deep dive cost investigations to target accuracy of specific estimates
  • Value for money assessment
  • Cost-Benefit analysis
  • Supporting culture change to make minimising cost a priority


  • Support low cost culture change
  • Reduce project baseline costs
  • Provide tools and mechanisms to challenge supplier responses
  • Ability to make cost-benefit based decisions
  • Support value for money arguments through investment appraisals


£330 to £1200 per person per day

  • Education pricing available

Service documents


G-Cloud 11

Service ID

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Graham Joyce



Planning service
How the planning service works
Cost optimisation activities are best undertaken in the early phases of a project, such as in the planning phase. Decisions taken now can have greater influence on the outcome of the project. An early understanding of requirements and cost trade off through an investment appraisal can support a value for money service on delivery. In combination with full bottom up cost investigations and an ongoing opportunities management process, value for money can be achieved on implementation of the service.

Our Cost Optimisation service and processes are compliant with HMT Green/Aqua book and JSP 507.
Planning service works with specific services


Training service provided
How the training service works
As part of the Cost Optimisation service we will provide knowledge and skills transfer from IMD's cost professionals to organisations, via one-to-one training, coaching, development and mentoring on all elements relating to Cost Optimisation. This will ensure that the best practice methods applied during the delivery of our service are adopted by staff with key skills and knowledge being retained following the completion of the contract.
Training is tied to specific services

Setup and migration

Setup or migration service available
How the setup or migration service works
IMD’s consultants will work with our customer to challenge the current costs of their cloud service as well as the suppliers of future services. The estimates can be used to assess supplier tender responses for completeness and value for money, do capability trades if appropriate and facilitate a culture change to one of continual cost challenge. Prior to choosing a supplier of a service, cost investigations will assist our customer in deciding if specific elements of a tender is value for money, whilst an investment appraisal can assess multiple options or tenders for value. Investment appraisals are also used to support business cases for financial approvals.
Setup or migration service is for specific cloud services

Quality assurance and performance testing

Quality assurance and performance testing service
How the quality assurance and performance testing works
IMD’s Cost Optimisation service provides our customer's organisation with quality assurance on the accuracy of the forecasted costs associated with cloud services throughout the service lifespan.

We assess the intended scope of the service and independently assess the cost estimates provided by service providers to validate the accuracy of existing cost estimates for the delivery of the service at any point. Within the cost management service, we are also able to devise performance indicators based on service costs to assess how the service is performing against the intended, or desired standard.

Security testing

Security services

Ongoing support

Ongoing support service

Service scope

Service constraints
None specific to this service.

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Support levels
For each engagement through GCloud 11, you will be provided with an IMD Account Manager who will be your central point of contact throughout the delivery of services. Where possible, we aim to provide you with an Account Manager who has experience operating within the relevant field associated with the engagement to coordinate the delivery of similar services.  In addition to the Account Manager, we endeavour to provide you with an additional layer of Account Support in the form of a secondary point of contact for each engagement. In this way, we mitigate the likelihood of having a single point of failure, and have mechanisms in place to maintain continuity of service.  Support will be provided remotely via email and phone for the most part, with the flexibility to arrange meetings on site or at our offices when needed. On site support can be offered during the working week where requests are made prior to proposals being submitted / individual call-off contracts agreed.  Your Account Management and Support resources are typically integrated into the delivery team and so costs are included within the proposal for each engagement.


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)


£330 to £1200 per person per day
Discount for educational organisations

Service documents

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