IT spending is frustrating. It’s often hard to get good return on investment estimates. Even when you do, it takes time for technology to prove its value. Even worse, there are countless tech traps and pitfalls along the way. Many businesses today lose money every year through IT problems. If you want to get in front of this issue, you need to learn how to streamline your IT spending and manage tech debt.
Is your company managing its Cloud infrastructure like a standard data center? In other words, is the IT department purchasing capacity but failing to scale the infrastructure up or down to address changing performance needs?
Although companies using the Cloud may be implementing tools essential for ensuring systems are functioning properly, they are neglecting to utilize other tools designed to take complete advantage of the Cloud's inherent flexibility and affordability. Consequently, these companies frequently come to the conclusion that the Cloud is "too expensive" and replace it with a system that is actually more expensive than the Cloud.
When you hear AI, do you still think of a beyond the scope of reality science fiction movie? Or maybe you think about that Will Smith movie? Interestingly enough, AI, or artificial intelligence, plays a much larger role in our lives than we may realize.
Not only is AI being used by businesses to streamline workflow, but individuals are using it personally everyday. Ever heard of Alexa by Amazon? Digital voice assistants, such as Alexa or Google Home, have built-in AI technology to interact with consumers, without the users having to lift a finger.
There are always more numbers to crunch. In IT, particularly, you always have to weigh the costs of upgrades against expected returns. We always want new tech to pay for itself several times over, but that won’t happen unless upgrades are made with excellent direction. Usually, the biggest problem with new tech is that it is encumbered by old systems. All too often, upgrade plans overlook cabling infrastructure, and that gets expensive.
"The future is now..." "5G ultimate!" "The latest and greatest!" If you've heard any of these statements before, it was likely in a cell phone shop or advertisement. 5G has gained plenty of hype lately for its usefulness, but do the perks cut the mustard? Let's dig in a little further and find out.
Technology runs the workplace. There’s no escaping it, but allowing technology to run over the workplace is expensive. There are always more devices, tools and apps that feel like they can help. Eventually, you have to focus on reducing your IT spending.
One way a lot of companies achieve that goal is by utilizing shared devices. If one computer can server two employees, it seems like an easy opportunity to save money. If you have shared devices, and virtually every workplace does, you might benefit from a few tips that can improve on that sharing. Here are five.
Your work involves negotiating software and cloud contracts. You’re aware that time limits can press operations managers to sign contracts as they receive them, and that this, in turn, can lead to unexpected costs…
*Based on the Gartner report, How to Optimize IT Costs.
According to a recent Gartner survey, the average reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) is 13 percent when deploying telecom expense management (TEM). Of the respondents, 40 percent reported a TCO reduction of 10 to 20 percent. 36 percent of the enterprises reported a reduction of 10 percent or less.
Most enterprises would agree that the benefits of TEM are very evident. Some of these advantages include improved business process outcomes, extended scale and geo scope, and better visibility. However, TEM is not without its disadvantages, which include hidden costs and the extra time needed for implementation. In general, customers choose TEM providers based on scalability, TCO reduction, and expected performance. Unfortunately, the disadvantages of TEM cause TCO reduction to be lower than it otherwise would be.
Based on the Gartner report, here is some information about how enterprise TEM challenges drive customer acquisition.
Redundant lines, carrier overcharges and a myriad of other issues crop up in the course of managing a company's telecom costs. It's one area where there's always money that can be saved if you have the time and manpower to track it down. Many companies don't. Here are a few big-ticket items to keep an eye on if you want to save money, and it won't take you months to realize savings.
Software-defined storage (SDS) has been adopted into the infrastructure of today's data centers because it delivers fast, flexible storage while reducing costs. To do so, SDS leverages out-of-the-box hardware and provides optimized storage management.
According to International Data Corporation, the SDS market will grow at a compound rate of 13.5 percent annually through 2021. It's a boon to companies stuck with increasingly complex data storage and management needs, especially with expanding regulatory compliance expected to continue in the coming year.
Managing your telecom expenses gives you a clear picture of your voice and data consumption, which is essential to your business operations. With the right expense management system in place, you can gain enhanced control of your communications budget and wasting resources will become a thing of the past.
Telecom expense management (TEM) is a highly-sought-after solution that helps businesses pinpoint their overspending patterns and create both long- and short-term savings. Even though operating a TEM solution in-house is often of the utmost value, a cloud-based TEM solution brings more value to the table.
Plenty of businesses like to provide mobile devices to employees. Some use it as a perk. Others find it’s more cost-effective to be able to collectively bargain the support that comes with using mobile phones in the workplace. Whatever the reasoning, if your business is supplying devices, you need to have an upgrade plan.
While a doctor’s office can try to get away with using ancient desktops, mobile devices don’t last quite so long. With a little bit of planning and a few minutes of reading, you can adjust your upgrade cycle to make sure your plan isn’t hurting the bottom line.
It always comes back to money. Many business owners and operators would prefer to put all of their focus towards satisfying customers and providing the goods or services that they truly value.
Unfortunately, there are expenses outside of that scope, and one of the big money eaters in every industry is IT. Yet, bringing those expenses under control doesn’t have to be as daunting as it feels. Here are five tips that can get your spending under control in surprisingly short order.
It seems inevitable that someone who is not an expert in IT will have at least some responsibility of overseeing IT costs and spending. That’s just how things go. What is vital when this occurs is to ensure that anyone in charge of finances has an opportunity to understand some of the unique ways IT costs impact ROI. With that in mind, these are the five of the most common IT-related money traps that hurt businesses in every industry.
Many providers are very concerned about being small scale. As a result, most of them bottle up their potential. Upcoming providers should keep In mind that their small size comes with many benefits as well as disadvantages. Small vendors should appreciate and celebrate their size as it’s the first step towards achieving great success in their messaging and sales process.
It’s therefore important to understand that size is relative. If you consider yourself as a smaller provider in Telecom Expense Management, (or if you’re perceived to be one), it will be determined by who it is you compete with. This article highlights the benefits of working with emerging providers as compared to larger competitors.