No. 3: Consolidate
Consolidation is a word that is increasingly circulating around the IT community as many have recognized the value of packaging technology to save costs. Some of the areas IT executive respondents said they are consolidating are: servers, applications, cellular billing, multiple hardware platforms, ERP and CRM, data centers, telephones, personal desktop devices and, of course, the IT distributors and vendors that supply such technologies.
"Server consolidation from 50 to less than 15 physical devices has really helped us reduce costs," said Director of technology for Dalton Public Schools Howard Langford. Scott Andrews, IT manager at Ag Leader Technology, shared another consolidation success story: "Consolidation and renegotiation of telephony contracts created 50 percent savings."