Evaluate Waste

January 28, 2009

Yes, the economy sucks right now. And the economic powers that be are forecasting that it will stay that way for at last the next year.

I can’t control that, so I don’t worry about it too much. I worry more about what I can control.

And one of the things that you  can control, is using this opportunity to look for waste in your IT organization.

It is relatively easy to look at evaluating new expenses as they come along.

But how about old ones?

Do two of your divisions use different products for the similar tasks? Perhaps in easier times a manager moved his division to what he thought was a better tool. Now can be the time to get rid of those duplicated assets.

Are you still maintaining an ancient environment for a particular application that only a few people are using? Tough economic times may reduce resistance to change, allowing you to finally retire that old application. Reducing support and licensing costs, and most of all reducing complexity.

Because while those duplicated or elderly tools may not be crossing your desk as new expenses, they are costing you  money in maintenance, support, and possibly licensing fees.



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