IT Consolidation - Sometimes less is more - The simplification of IT environments

The simplification of IT environments

Simplification of IT environment

IT Consolidation – Simplification of IT environments

IT Consolidation, at its core, is the simplification of the technology environment. It is organisation’s strategy to reduce IT assets by using more efficient technologies.

There are compelling reasons why an organisation should consider technology consolidation that delivers benefits at tactical, operational and strategic levels. With some 70% of IT budgets being consumed by operating costs – including real estate, electricity and labour – the need to rationalise and consolidate IT had become a top concern for  many organisations.

Consolidating IT systems offers an opportunity to provide the same or better IT services with a smaller footprint, increased security and greater efficiency through standardisation. 

It is a common consideration for organisations that plan to reduce the size of a single facility or merge one or more facilities in order to reduce overall operating costs and reduce IT footprint.  Yet the decision to consolidate IT sets off a breath-taking domino-effect of considerations, from business continuity to data and applications modernisation to planning for mergers and acquisitions.

Some of the consolidation technologies used in data centres today include server virtualisation, storage virtualisation, replacing mainframes with smaller blade server systems, cloud computing, better capacity planning and using tools for process automation.

Server virtualisation is the partitioning of a physical server into smaller virtual servers to help maximise organisation’s server resources. 

It has many benefits. For example, it lets each virtual server run its own operating system and each virtual server can also be independently rebooted of one another. Server virtualisation also reduces costs because less hardware is required so that alone saves a business money.

Storage virtualisation is the amalgamation of multiple network storage devices into what appears to be a single storage unit.  What are the benefits of storage virtualisation?

Often smaller businesses are constrained by finite resources. They value solutions that work to reduce expenses and improve productivity. Virtualised storage helps businesses greatly reduce their hardware and resource costs, while improving reliability, agility, and the ability to scale their storage. 

When it comes to cloud computing in its most simple description, cloud computing is taking services and moving them outside an organisation’s firewall. Applications, storage and other services are accessed via the Web. The services are delivered and used over the Internet and are paid for by the cloud customer on an as-needed or pay-per-use business model. 

By using a cloud-based solution, an enterprise can prevent a lot of problems that plague organisations that rely on on-premises infrastructure.

Should My Organisation Consider an IT Consolidation?

Government organisations with offices in different locations are excellent candidates for IT consolidation.

Having divisional and branch offices mean the distribution of data and systems at multiple locations, causing several business information challenges.

To solve this, organisations need to ensure that a centralised source of truth, in the form of an IT system, a centralised data source, virtualisation, trend source, or communications system exists. This reduces repetition of work, boosts productivity radically by synchronising efforts of users and delivers a more seamless citizen experience.

Another indicators that an organisation should be pursuing with an IT consolidation is Data Disparity.

If an organisation has multiple repositories of data, there is significant time spent entering, maintaining, and collating that data. Disparate data create the potential for data to be significantly under-utilised across the organisation, resulting in lost value for users and customers.

By placing the data in one location, organisations can take advantage of data analysis technologies and mine for information, which will, in turn, suggest trends, improvement and innovation on services.

Using Multiple Vendors and Multiple Technologies is another indicator that an organisation needs IT consolidation.

The past decade has seen the rise of many technologies with niche, effective uses. Organisations have acquired them, trying to understand and take advantage of new technology trends for their organisations. However, due to the lack of appropriate resources and skills, many organisations have been accumulating duplicate technology capability.

The rapid pace of technology change has seen an exponential increase in the number of technologies and vendors to manage. A long shopping list of new technologies being added every year without a connection to organisation strategy may be an indication that an IT consolidation project is needed to stop the continued adding of technologies.

How effectively and efficiently implement IT consolidation?

For most organisations today, the possibility of consolidating IT infrastructure out of remote offices and into the main data centre is an idea that has been on the table to cut costs and boost productivity. After all, isn’t consolidation supposed to produce these benefits with nothing more than a small one-time effort of some time and money?

While consolidation can certainly bring a number of benefits to organisations – and by this point you’ve already created the ROI calculations that show a year or less payback period – it will take more than just a Friday afternoon to ensure that your consolidation project is truly successful. As far too many IT managers will tell you, a poorly-planned consolidation project will have your executives screaming, users threatening mutiny, and IT in the hot seat to quickly undo all the effort that went into the project in the first place

Luckily Technimove can do all this hard work of actually consolidating infrastructure for you which will enable you to make sure that you’ve covered all the issues in order to ensure that your organisation experiences the full benefits of IT consolidation.

We have identified 4 clear steps to IT consolidation and Digital Transformation. With each step on this journey, you and your organisation can discover true value.

1. Business Readiness Consulting
We will provide you with the knowledge and direction necessary to deliver your business strategy and lead the transformation. We will develop practical solutions to overcome complex problems encompassing people, process and technology.

2. Discovery and Analysis
Understanding the dependencies between services, applications and infrastructure is the key to delivering successful transformation programmes and on-going IT efficiency. Using a combination of physical and virtual audits along with automated tooling, Technimove will provide you with a complete review of your ‘as-is’ IT Estate from Business Services and applications to databases, servers and networks.

3. Programme and Project Management
Project Management is critical to ensure your company overcomes its IT consolidation hurdles. IT department heads are commonly under pressure to find capacity within their existing teams which are usually engaged in the day-to-day running of the organisation and business as usual tasks. If these key resources are stretched, risk heightens as the project timelines progress. We are offering you complete peace of mind and will take full ownership for the management of delivery and activation of customer services on complex orders and Projects, including project team management, cost management, invoice triggering and supplier management.

4. Technical Delivery
Our flexible resourcing service allows you to remain focused on delivering existing business operations by ensuring that you are covered by a highly qualified, technical and experienced ICT team whenever you need us. We can support you with business service assurance, operational readiness and service availability across technical support and engineering services, covering backup, moves or migrating servers, services and applications.

Holding close strategic relationships with hundreds of major Enterprises undergoing critical, large-scale transformation programmes, our standardised approach is centred on customer experience, flexibility and scalability.

We are relied upon to deliver our core transformational services by many of the world’s leading I.T. service providers such as IBM, HPe and Fujitsu, delivering significant benefits not only to their organisation but to their partners and clients. Our unique abilities spanning multi-vendor infrastructure has been further enhanced by the thousands of successful transformation projects we have delivered. Our market leading approach ensures accelerated transformation with improved time to benefits realisation. This unique experience and knowledge of complex projects has enabled customers to resume critical business process and applications, without any major interruptions to their business.

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