IT Cost CutsOne of the primary objectives of IT consulting is cutting the operational costs of a client’s technology function. Cost reduction strategies are essential to any business, saving the organization money while obtaining better use of resources. They’ve assumed further importance in our rather questionable economic times. Five methods of cutting IT costs are discussed below.

1. Replace Often-slower Business IT with Consumer Technologies

Although designed for the workplace, many examples of business technology simply lack the ease of deployment and agility of those typically used by mobile consumers. IT consulting recommends that business technology departments further access the potential of the mobile-based workplace and marketplace. Improving employee connectivity and device use through updated application of mobile website functions can lead to cost reductions. Cost efficiencies emerge from lesser reliance on frequently slower on-premise applications. If transitioning to faster mobile applications requires corporate expenditures to acquire equipment, an organizational strategy for purchasing cell phones and other mobile devices minimizes expenditures while providing better quality equipment/services. The relative operating costs of mobile IT will be lower, and older equipment can be sold, a combination of factors that should lower costs mid- and long-term, if not immediately.

2. Access Open Source Management Tools

Many open-source log management and log analysis tools are free; they cost nothing to use. Often these take the form of critical log checklists for system security incidents, which review important system, network and security logs in response to security issues. IT consulting understands open source management tools can be bundled with service-applications to produce best-practice profit margins. Often in PDF or DOC format, these tools can be modified according to your organization’s internal distribution needs, or for related purposes.

Open source management technology can be applied to private, public or hybrid cloud computing. Open source IT often operates more efficiently than dedicated systems.

3. Trim Personnel

Firing personnel is seldom easy in the current economy, but reduced expenditures on employees can produce big savings. Hiring freezes may be better for department morale than outright termination and are perhaps more conducive to enhanced performance. Where necessary, flattening of department structure eliminates redundant personnel (often middle management) while reducing expenditures and increasing operational efficiency. IT consulting can also recommend multinational firms bring home personnel situated in their globally-dispersed offices.

4. Equipment/Process Redeployment

IT consulting should analyze client systems to seek opportunities for redeployment of existing equipment and processes. Current technologies may be better used elsewhere; refurbishment of existing IT eliminates expensive procurement costs, even where upgrades – new CPUs, memory, disk drives –ARE made to current systems. These policies can produce lower costs through the entire IT portfolio.

5. Combine Functions, Equipment and Personnel

Consolidating functions such as helpdesk into fewer or, if possible, a single unit can make IT operations more agile and efficient. Dispensing with redundant modules and software lowers costs; automating password management improves security while lowering helpdesk’s responsibilities. Certification of expenses for functions like data center or printing lowers organizational expenditures. Ensuring that shipping costs for IT are verified and according to contract specifications limits over-billing. Pruning compliance and reporting expenditures as necessary decreases costs for these under-managed activites.

Spend Less on IT

IT consulting seeks economic advantages for clients in an IT-environment where competition remains fierce and slower-than-desired industry growth is predicted, despite availability of increasingly innovative technologies.