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Making the Most of Your Assets - Reducing Cost & Risk
This week Shirley talks about upcoming industry events that will help you reduce cost and risk during the downturn..

This week I am continuing on themes related to events that are coming up:

BCS and itSMF conference on 15th June 2009 - Pragmatic Configuration Management for IT Services - Reducing Cost and Risk.

Surviving the Downturn – Regaining Control seminar hosted by ConnectSphere and Staff & Line, 4th June 2009.

In the current economic environment, organisations are looking for ways to optimise their asset utilisation and  reduce their software license, maintenance and support fees. It is well worth looking at:

  • Sourcing strategies to optimise asset cost and value over the asset lifecycle
  • Cheaper services and platforms such as Cloud Computing, SaaS (Software as a Service)
  • Monitoring and managing asset performance to improve diagnostics and remote fix capability (cheaper)
  • Use of predictive and preventative maintenance models to reduce the costly dependence on break/fix
  • Ensure that support staff are trained to be able to diagnose and fix failed assets as equipment and software are deployed

Access to quality information about your IT assets and benchmarking data will help to make the right strategic, tactical and operational decisions. Obtaining this information requires a disciplined approach to manage service assets and configurations effectively.

However, implementing asset management requires organization commitment and investment. A good implementation can deliver significant benefits. A bad one can consume resources and deliver very little. There are many stories of companies that invest in asset discovery tools only to find themselves drowning in data. They have data but no idea of the asset owner and location.

What does a good and sustainable implementation look like? Seeing is believing – come along to these events to see presentation and demonstrations on what good looks like. It will help you to answer such questions as “Can we afford to do it?”, “Can we afford not to do it?

To find out more, share experiences and meet industry specialists come to the events – book now to get some great offers. I look forward to seeing you there.

Any feedback and comments are always welcome!

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