Many IT consolidation projects go on, even in such a bad economy, that only because for many companies, consolidation is not an option, but a must-do task in order to survive. IT workers, make sure you get a share of the big pie, - find the project, get to job, ask for more money…
Over the last decade companies have invested heavily in IT systems, adding and expanding as market needs required. The complexity of systems integration has increased and forced more investments in ongoing maintenance. Now is the time to revisit IT strategy and look for ways to consolidate your IT infrastructure to improve responsiveness, reduce costs, and increase performance.
Through carefully planned consolidation, you can create a flexible, scalable IT environment that supports future growth and change.
Top 5 Reasons for Consolidation
1. Streamline IT management and improve decision making.
Centralized control and management of systems, greater access to information, and increased availability of cross agency information results in more effective decision making.
2. Save resources, money, and reinvest funds.
Consolidating or sharing redundant systems and processes results in efficient and effective use of all resources, allowing for reinvestment of funds. It also allows for reallocation and reinvestment of assets.
3. Streamline provision of customer services.
Customer expectations are driving the need to consolidate for a seamless customer experience. Services that are directly citizen-facing must ensure availability through central data repositories, portals, and email.
4. Launch new services faster and easier.
The benefits of consolidation include improved ability to launch new services more quickly and with less effort.
5. Improve security.
Security is likely to increase through consolidation because there are fewer endpoints for attack, repeatable practices, and you can make capital investments needed in critical security infrastructure. Any additional security concerns from having concentrated assets that can be compromised is mitigated through a disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
Reap the benefits of consolidation…simplicity, agility, and value.