Reducing IT costs reminds me of a song: “I don’t know what they want from me / It’s like the more money we come across / The more problems we see…”
Humorous song lyrics aside, IT pros encounter the same problem—where there’s more money at stake, there’s bound to be more problems. Significant IT changes (such as OS deployments, etc., etc.) cost money, and usually, cause problems as the organization goes about changing.
As in the previous blog in the series, Maximizing Operational Efficiencies: Removing the Thorn from IT’s side with a Unified and Automated Solution, we’ll be pursuing the benefits within the value area of reducing IT costs. With the Ivanti Service Manager solution, a unified and automated IT solution, more money doesn’t have to mean more problems—just the opposite in fact.
Let’s take a look:
1. Reducing IT costs with less downtime due to unplanned/unapproved changes.
Failures caused by changes in IT can have a significant impact on end-user productivity and can result in significant added costs due to downtime. Change, Release, and Configuration Management mitigate the risks of failures caused by changes in IT. They can control the variations of IT asset configurations with sophisticated reconciliation and enforcement tools, and improve deployment time and quality by managing planning, authorization, and deployment from a single interface.
The sample organization reduced unplanned downtime and unapproved changes by 80%, with an impact of $172,700 in annual revenue gains.
2. Reducing IT costs with no purchase of unnecessary end-user hardware and software.
In today’s complex environments, knowing exactly what hardware and software exists and where it’s located on the network is a real challenge and can result in unneeded purchases of additional hardware components or software licenses. Ivanti Discovery makes it easy to catalog all IP addressable hardware (including servers, desktops, laptops, network printers, switches, and devices) and software, as part of a complete IT inventory that is always up to date. This 100-percent visibility can help control sprawling networks and manage them efficiently.
The sample organization reduced its annual end-user hardware and software costs by 5%, with an impact of $125,700 in annual cost savings.
3. Reduce IT systems and maintenance costs.
When IT service management and endpoint management are managed across a number of disparate systems, or across different systems and vendors in different departments, it can result in significant internal IT hardware and software costs. By moving to a single system across all IT Service Management and Infrastructure/Desktop and Server Management groups, the server, software, and maintenance costs are substantially reduced.
The sample organization consolidated five systems into one across IT Service and Endpoint Management, with an impact of $200,000 in annual costs savings.
So where’s there mo money doesn’t always mean mo problems. In fact, with unified IT, the mo money there is at stake, the mo money there is to save. Let a unified solution reduce downtime, the purchases of unneeded end-user hardware and software, and the costs of IT systems and maintenance. That’s mo money across three value areas within an IT organization.
No, more money doesn’t have to mean more problems.