by Chris Dewhirst, Director of Experience Solutions and Brian Daly, Anywhere Workspace EMEA
In our rapidly changing business environment, effective IT cost optimization is crucial for reducing operational expenses, investing in strategic initiatives, and maintaining a competitive edge. Companies must make informed decisions when it comes to their IT infrastructure and operations. A recent Deloitte report indicates that 84% of companies are actively pursuing cost optimization strategies. By optimizing IT costs, businesses can achieve long-term cost savings and focus resources on value-driving activities.
However, IT cost optimization comes with its challenges, including resistance to change, balancing optimization with service quality, and measuring ROI. To overcome these obstacles, you can implement a variety of strategies.
Strategies for IT Cost Optimization:
Virtualization: Embracing virtualization technologies, such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), can lead to lower hardware and maintenance costs, as well as improved resource utilization. This ultimately results in a more efficient IT infrastructure, allowing businesses to scale their operations as needed while keeping costs in check.
Automation: Streamlining processes through automation can significantly reduce labour costs, enhance efficiency, and minimize human error. By automating repetitive tasks, businesses can focus their resources on strategic initiatives that drive growth and innovation.
Cloud migration and leveraging Software as a Service (SaaS): Migrating to cloud-based solutions and leveraging SaaS platforms can reduce on-premises hardware requirements, offer scalability, and simplify IT operations. In addition to cost savings, these solutions can also provide advanced security features and access to cutting-edge technology, helping businesses stay ahead of the competition.
Rightsizing: Optimizing IT resources to match the actual needs of the business is essential for cost-effective operations. By carefully analyzing resource utilization and identifying inefficiencies, companies can make more informed decisions about their IT infrastructure, leading to cost savings and improved performance.
Investing in employee training and development: Ensuring that employees are skilled and up-to-date with the latest technologies can improve overall productivity and efficiency. Providing ongoing training opportunities can help reduce the costs associated with employee turnover and ensure that your team is equipped to handle the evolving demands of the business.
To achieve the best results with these strategies, businesses can benefit from utilizing comprehensive solutions that provide advanced management, monitoring, and automation capabilities. VMware End-User Computing (EUC) solutions, such as VMware Anywhere Workspace (Workspace ONE and Horizon), can support your IT cost optimization efforts.
An excellent example of this is West Midlands Police, the second-largest police force in England. It has successfully optimized its IT costs by embracing VMware Anywhere Workspace solutions. The force migrated on-premises devices to the cloud and introduced workplace mobility, enabling approximately 10,000 frontline workers to access vital apps and information on their mobile devices. As a consequence, West Midlands Police has witnessed significant benefits, including saving an estimated 1.8 million hours of administration time annually. In addition to the cost optimisations, officers are now equipped with better access to real-time information, enabling them to spend more time serving the public and protecting their communities. West Midlands Police has not only empowered its officers but also demonstrated a model of success for other police forces seeking to enhance their operations.
To learn more about our services and how they can benefit your organization: our VMware Solutions team is happy to see which custom strategy fits your business best. You can reach out to us by emailing AWEMEA@vmware.com. For more information and use cases you can also visit: https://www.vmware.com/solutions/anywhere-workspace.html