Business IT costs can account for a lot of your budget. However, you can be more proactive in lowering those costs with just a few simple techniques. Read on to learn more about lowering your business IT costs.
The DCA Strategy
Data Center Automation, otherwise known as DCA, is a business strategy that leads to the automation of IT functions. By implementing this strategy you’ll be able to shorten the amount of time you spend on manual IT tasks. With automation, there will be no more manual scheduling or service configuration. Do some research to discover which tools and functions will best serve your business.
Hardware and Software Standardization
Hardware and software standardization is all about figuring out the compatibility of the applications you use. According to the American Society of Association Executives, on average a business will spend about $74,000 a year just for hardware and software. With the practice of standardization in place, you can make a big dent in that number. Make sure that your staff is using the same operating system and use open source software as an alternative to more expensive options. Make sure that all of your hardware and software is updated and decommission software licenses that are too costly and not efficiently serving their purpose.
Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Employ fewer physical components and instead, choose to host them in a virtual environment. This technique alone can vastly cut down your infrastructure costs. With cloud-based storage, there’s no need to maintain physical equipment onsite. This also means fewer maintenance responsibilities for your employees. Take an inventory of all the physical components in your business that can be switched to virtualization and cloud computing.
On average, a business will spend 37 percent of its annual budget on personnel costs. Most of these costs are centered on training new employees. Consider outsourcing more tasks than you currently do. As employees leave the business, see if you can outsource some of those IT responsibilities rather than spending that money on training, which is more expensive. Another strategy is to offer those positions to employees already in the company.
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