Intelligent IT management skills grant wisdom of IT cost reduction that lowers the cost of IT infrastructure by ensuring better business productivity. By using tactics and guts, you can save money by decreasing cost of IT and increasing value to your business. How it will be possible, let’s check it out.
1. Investing in core business is always a priority of the organization but most intents to outsource support functions. To save your IT cost you can devise strategy of IT personnel which could be taken or hire from third party to manage infrastructure.
2. When you evaluate technology purchases, how deeply do you consider the solution’s prerequisites, dependencies throughout your platform stack? For instance, when you research or develop a virtualization solution, do you investigate whether you’ll need to buy additional management technology to support the product you choose? The cost of additional management products might be the tipping point that pushes your decision to go with one or the other.
3. What about training? Would you or your staff need to learn new skills to deploy, operate, and support any solution you might buy? If so, that purchase has hidden costs for your company.
4. Is your organization fulling legitimate training expenditure. Are you investing on the basis of governance to train your employees. This criteria obscure various hidden cost that indirectly can be save to lower over all IT budget.
5. How IT change management working in your organization. Change is inevitable but where to invest and what are the main priorities of change also need to be include in IT strategy planning. Technology change management might take big stake to renew technology with new purpose, training and to adopt new solutions. Devise a sustainable strategy to maintain change strategy to cut down cost parameters.
6. Try to investigate about software or hardware that’s deployed but never used with commitment. When users refuse to adopt deployed technology, your business pays all the total cost of ownership (TCO) but gets no return on investment (ROI).
8. Do your company’s business units sometimes take technology into their own hands and purchase solutions that IT might not even be aware of, let alone support? For example, do some business units purchase business intelligence (BI) front-end software, despite the fact that Microsoft Office and SharePoint, which are probably already available, provide the BI functionality most users need? You might be surprised at how much money rogue solutions represent when you add up technology spending throughout the organization.
9. Managing IT by SLA is an accepted way to ensure that IT meets the business objectives. But have you thought through the implications of the extent of your SLAs? For example, are users active 24 hours per day? If not, do you really need a 99.999% uptime SLA? Suppose a server goes down at 2:00 A.M. If you’re managing to that 99.999 SLA, somebody has to get out of bed and go to the office to fix the problem, or you need someone onsite at all times. Such SLAs are absolutely necessary in many organizations, but consider your specific needs and determine whether you might save money for the company by tailoring SLAs for specific needs.
10. “Green IT strategy” and setups which basically states the efficient usage of computing resources starts from manufacturing to virtualization, power management, and proper recycling habits. Virtualization helps you consolidate servers so you have fewer machines doing work more efficiently, consuming less electricity, and saving floor space so you can reduce the physical size of the datacenter. However, you can save power in lots of other ways, too.
The above mentioned suggestions are the best practices that can make a big difference in saving your IT expenditure economically.