Three Reasons Infrastructure Consolidation Yields Unparalleled IT Savings

by Bernard Manouvrier
Chief Architect
Axway

infrastructure consolidation creates a marked reduction in complexity, which minimizes the number of errors committed by both humans and machines alike, and accommodates staff without demanding a steep learning curve, which translates into minimized training costs.

Infrastructure consolidation creates a marked reduction in complexity, which minimizes the number of errors committed by both humans and machines alike.

I’m often asked by IT directors and IT professionals in general, “What can I do to save money in my department?”

It’s a simple question, but a particularly important one for IT, because while other departments have opportunities to both earn and save money, IT is generally relegated to the unenviable position of appearing to be an expensive tool for the money earners, to only cost a company money, to only earn money for the company indirectly at best.

Unfair? Absolutely. But true. Yet there are initiatives IT can carry out to compensate for this inequity. And of these initiatives, few, if any, conserve precious resources and minimize the demands put on IT’s time like a consolidated infrastructure.

Here are three ways it does this.

First, infrastructure consolidation reduces direct costs in several important areas, which leads to a veritable chain reaction in savings, a dramatic staunching of the outflow of cash. The IT department requires less hardware when the infrastructure is consolidated, and therefore requires fewer software licenses. This yields a leaner network, which means fewer personnel are required to keep the network in order, and fewer managers are required to keep the personnel in order! The windfall of savings couldn’t be easier to imagine.

Next, infrastructure consolidation reduces risks and the resulting costs incurred when risks escalate into catastrophes. This is because infrastructure consolidation creates a marked reduction in complexity, which minimizes the number of errors committed by both humans and machines alike, and accommodates staff without demanding a steep learning curve, which translates into minimized training costs.

Finally, change management could not be more accommodated by a consolidated infrastructure. Do you want to re-engineer your processes and applications? A consolidated infrastructure facilitates the process by reducing the constraints attached to the development technologies, as well as reducing the constraints attached to the deployment of the processes and applications. Do you want to upgrade your hardware and software? A consolidated infrastructure eases the process by reducing the number of platforms and software packages that must be upgraded and the potential downtime associated with this process. Do you need to scale due to a merger or acquisition? A consolidated infrastructure expedites the process by reducing the complexity of linking the IT environments of the merged companies, as well as reducing the technical constraints for integrating their applications.

What do you think? If an IT person were to ask you, “What can I do to save money in my department?”, what answer would you give them?

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