The Ops4Less model of IT Operations cost control:
P A I D ™
Get the right people, get the people right
Do the right things, do things right
Spend to save money, save money on spending
Manage the business, the business of managing money
"An engineer does for a dollar what any fool can do for 10" ITILopia
An extensive list of open source tools here. Most look -pretty light but a thorough evaluation has not been done:
ControlTier is an open source, cross-platform build and deployment automation framework.
Seems to be fully functional PM tool, rich features
$25-50 per user per month is getting a bit too expensive for some users
Spiceworks Lets You...
* Inventory Your Network & PCs
* Monitor & Manage Your Network
* Manage Your IT Assets
* Manage Changes & Configurations
* Map Your NetworkBETA
OTRS::ITSM is worldwide the first open source ITIL® compliant IT service management (ITSM) solution on the market.
Free downloadable project management tool
OneCMDB is a CMDB aimed at small and medium sized businesses. OneCMDB can be used as a stand-alone CMDB to keep track of software and hardware assets and their relations.
Owl Intranet Engine
Monitor end-of-life for IT technologies. Running software beyond end-of-life has inherent risks and costs
The recession is driving down prices.
Also out now, a new book The IT Skeptic Looks at CMDB
Available as a digital download for $7.95 or a book for $9.95+p&p