Data is just data. Smart IT professionals need the insight that data provides brought to light in order to drive good decisions. Good decisions, in turn, lead efficiencies in the business, ultimately accounting for increased IT service, reduced cost or both.
How can you ensure quality of service globally while reducing IT costs in your IT department?
A best practice approach to driving better service levels is through the clear identification of IT priorities. Unless you have accurate dashboards and reporting flowing from deep data, determining what the right proactive actions can be nearly impossible. Views and reports have to illustrate current state, and highlight future priorities.
So, how do you do that? Enforce proactive management.
It’s obvious that being too reactive can waste resources, as IT staff and systems are constantly running around with their ‘hair on fire’. Shifting from a reactive to a more proactive state will help IT save on budget, reduce downtime and increase productivity. Proactive IT management isn’t hard, assuming you have the right processes and tools in place. A few best practices include proactive alerting to highlight problems before they become critical, capacity planning so you always know how much capacity you have, how much you are using, and when you’ll run out, and leveraging automated actions to immediately fix problems when they do happen.
Is there a tradeoff between cost cutting and negatively impacting service levels or compromising enterprise performance and availability? It doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game.
Look for processes and tools that:
- Provide complete visibility and control over the entire IT service delivery process (servers, applications and networks).
- Immediately lower license costs, maintenance costs, training costs, and on-going administration cost.
- Maximize performance of existing infrastructure.
- Speed Time-To-Value (TTV) with fast deployment.
- Increase the productivity of IT staff.
- Minimize new hardware expenditure.