Fighting Back In 2010 With A ‘Just Enough’ Model

Fighting Back In 2010 With A ‘Just Enough’ Model

If 2009 was the year of survival, 2010 surely has to be the year of digging in and recovering.  Whether you choose to use ‘the cloud’, or decide to bide your time, ensuring that IT capability is in a position of strength to recover means increasing efficiencies, sweating assets and arming yourself with the knowledge to maximise return on investment (ROI).  

Allaster Finke, senior consultant at GlassHouse Technologies (UK) outlines the essential planning tips for a leaner, meaner and much more effective IT model in 2010. A New Year usually starts with a promise to fight the flab, shed the pounds and strive for better health.  

Those of us lacking in willpower and having a love of food and drink usually find ourselves falling off the wagon within the first weeks (OK – days!); but I’m not sure the same would apply if we were talking about the health of our business.  

If shedding the extra pounds meant becoming more efficient and better health meant increasing your ROI in IT, then I’d wager most of us would make sure its one resolution we’d keep for the whole year. 

The key factors to ensuring you are fit for the future involve knowing your current issues and setting a goal for improvement.  So, let’s start with the former.

Self Assessment:

A primary component of being ‘agile’ is through knowing what your own abilities are.  Ask yourself these questions:

When was the last time you recorded each and every hardware and software component within your environment? 

Do you have utilisation and capacity data for all your systems? 

How well documented is the information you have and how accessible is it to your IT department? 

Medium to large organisations that find themselves without appropriate asset management or configuration management databases (CMDBs), without doubt find themselves having to undertake time consuming discovery exercises before they can implement any major changes or execute migrating to new platforms.  

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