Infrastructure transformation/cost reduction

As technology continually evolves and new capabilities move from experimental to mainstream, IT managers are perpetually pinioned between two forces: the ever-growing appetite for services and capacity to support business growth and innovation and the pressure to contain and reduce both the run-rate and capital cost of infrastructure and operations.

New technologies continue to offer faster, better and cheaper ways to deliver capability, but always bring new challenges in terms of management, legacy compatibility, scarcity of skills and lack of proven methods and tools. Driving out the full potential saving always requires a determined and holistic approach, which looks beyond the narrow scope of each particular technology and delivers meaningful business benefit.

Today, the main opportunities and challenges are around four main themes:
  • consolidation – migrating services to a smaller number of servers and storage devices in fewer data-centres, reducing operating, licence and capital costs in the process.
  • virtualisation – replacing desktops, storage and servers with centrally-managed ‘utility’ capacity, running software which emulates the required configuration. Reductions of 90% in cost are possible. service-based computing. There is an accelerating trend towards supplying IT (both software and infrastructure) as part of a complete service. This can be anything from a CRM application to scalable storage or ‘cloud-based’ processing capacity.
  • open source. From Linux to open office, open source is now firmly in the mainstream. It has real opportunities and major avoidable pitfalls in equal measure.

These innovations are a challenge in themselves but also force a rethink of strategy for most aspects of IT organisation, governance and sourcing. They impact business continuity, information security, hardware and software licence and maintenance costs, supplier relationships, architecture/design authority, service management automation tools in particular.

Our experts specialise in helping clients exploit these technologies to meet business objectives better, at lower cost and risk. They are vendor-independent and have invested in developing market-leading capability embodied in powerful methods and tools.

Whether you are embarking on data centre consolidation, virtualisation, downsizing or expansion or just trying to deliver improved lower-cost service while keeping one step ahead of business demand (i.e. business as usual), our expert specialists will help you identify potential benefit faster and deliver better results more securely.

 

Infrastructure transformation/cost reduction Case studies

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Case studies

IT Experts Exchange-case studies Shared services (Allan Clayton)

The client is a leading global insurer. Allan was responsible for developing the strategy, business case and implementation plan to merge the IT operations of 40 separate companies into a 1bn euro p.a. IT shared infrastructure service.

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