With budget cuts, increased taxation, devalued currency and the ever-forward march of companies wishing to survive, the drive to do more with less is greater than ever. Here are projects that are guaranteed to improve your efficiency, increase your productivity and reduce your costs. How many are in your business plan?
1. Enterprise Project Management
“First-come, first-served” project management can limit an organisation‘s ability to effectively evaluate, prioritise select, manage, and assess its portfolio of past, present, and future projects. Many organisations have discovered the importance of actively managing strategic investments as a portfolio of projects, rather than on a project-by-project basis, to improve and deliver results in areas from technology to business process improvements to human resource management.
“66% of large scale IT projects will not achieve their stated business objectives, are delivered late, or are substantially over budget” – Gartner, Program Management, 2008
It’s simple: Consolidating servers and storage via virtualisation means you don’t have to buy as many servers and/or storage appliances. Less hardware and equipment also means fewer peripherals, cabling, networking, cooling and energy expenditures too. Desktop virtualisation can also reduce the need for costly PC-fleet refreshes by allowing the use of inexpensive thin-clients instead of full-featured desktops or laptops.
“Annual cost per application declined by 40% in general” – IDC, The Economics of Virtualization, 2009
3. Infrastructure Optimisation
There is a way to reduce costs while actually gaining the ability to improve service levels, tighten security, and increase reliability; by clearly identified steps to optimise an organisation’s computing infrastructure—that is, the hardware and software platform that supports user applications. With this strategy and assistance from an experienced team, forward thinking organisations can implement tools and techniques that drive down costs and increase efficiency. By standardising, automating, and more tightly controlling the IT infrastructure they manage, these organizations are finding they can save hundreds of pounds per desktop each year.
“70 percent of IT budgets go to maintenance” – Microsoft, Taking the lead, 2009
4. Business Process Management
Business Process Automation or Workflow is a great way for a company to save money! It also reduces the excuse of “I forgot.” As information moves through your company specific events need to occur and people need to be notified that processes are available to work upon or have been completed.
“less than five percent of organisations have connected their people and processes with their business content using process automation” – Gartner, 2009
Collaboration solutions enable organisations to connect people to each other and information, helping to improve productivity. Collaborative workspaces, content management, portals, eForms, social computing capabilities that include wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, and user profile sites, mobility and accessibility are combined to create a platform for connections and information.
“savings of 40% of the effort IT spends now supporting these user requests, 40% reduction in paper based forms, can lead result in $456 in an average savings per user per year” – Alinean Inc 2008