3 Overlooked Ways to Reduce IT Costs in Tough Economic Times
As the global financial clouds further darken, organizations are starting to cut budgets and asking their departments to look at cost cutting measures. The work doesn't go away in an economic downturn, but the resources do. Organizations of all sizes are challenged to rethink the ways they've been operating and be extra smart in looking for cost cutting opportunities.
Three often overlooked ways to decrease your IT organization's costs include:
- Find "lost" assets or those you didn't even know about - You've got PCs, servers, routers and printers on your network that may not be correctly identified. If you employ a manual inventory processes, chances are you have assets that you're not even aware of. And if you're not aware of them, there is a good chance your finance department isn't either, which means your organization may not be depreciating the assets. Also without a way of automatically detecting what is on your network, it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack when an asset has gone missing. By automating the asset inventory process, not only can you discover all the IT assets on your network, but you can start tracking them for physical inventory and accounting purposes too.
- Recover unused software licenses – Asset inventory that can identify both hardware and software assets is critical. Expensive assets, but oftentimes overlooked are software packages. Knowing who is licensed and whether they are using the packages, can save organizations considerably by allowing them to reassign unused licenses rather than buying new ones. Similarly, an organization can save further by opting not to renew maintenance on licenses they know are going unused.
- Stay in the office – Many organizations still rack up the frequent miles for non-local machine management. Whether this is going to a user's office a floor away, the next building over, or a remote site, the time taken to get there and the inefficiencies inherent in such, cost an organization dearly. Remote control and management of distant PCs and servers eliminate this overhead. No longer are in-demand administrators spending their time traveling and incurring the associated costs, but instead can assess and remediate problems from their desk.
The above three practices are just a handful of key cost savings capabilities core to KACE management appliances. To learn more about these cost savings and numerous others, have a KACE expert contact you or call 1-877-MGMT-DONE. When times are tough and every bit counts, getting smart on how to save costs is the first place to begin.
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