In today’s economy, it is vital for companies to cut costs where they can, without jeopardizing their operation. We’ve all heard the adage to do more with less, but how can you actually accomplish this in your own organization? Here are some tips to get you started.
- Take a close look at your IT department. Call a meeting with your IT manager and your head of accounting. Examine the current state of operations and how they are impacting the company’s bottom line. Work up a strategy that includes improving your current performance, while cutting costs where it’s possible.
- Look at your service options. If you opted to have a full service IT option, it may be a little overboard for your organization. While it’s important to keep everything running smoothly, there are ways to save money here. Analyze your current uptime and employee needs. If you can cut your service down, this is a great and easy way to save money.
- Consider other options. Cloud computing has decreased the need for keep servers on site, and can drastically reduce your storage and server needs. Investigate this option, particularly SaaS or Software as a Service, to see if your organization’s needs can be met by utilizing the power of the Cloud.
- Improve your equipment process. It’s all too easy to junk old equipment, but you could be sitting on a potential gold mine. Instead of tossing it in the trash, consider auctioning off old equipment online, or ask a local computer store if they would be interested in purchasing some second hand equipment.
With a little tweaking, you can have your IT department running smoothly, and under budget. It may mean making some small sacrifices at first, but in the end, you’ll have a leaner and meaner department that’s ready to take on anything, and do it economically.