Growth, we’re told, is the “raison d’etre” (reason for existence) in business. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning, don our uniforms, and start making calls before the sun comes up. We want more customers, bigger deals, global expansion, Fortune 1000, and a gargantuan IPO. If the Third Prince of Balbadd can do it, so can we!
But beware. Not all growth is good. If it doesn’t make the enterprise more agile, responsive, and competitive, it’s bad growth. The organization becomes hobbled, predictable, unresponsive, and stagnant. These are the fragmented organizations where the proliferation of redundant, incompatible IT resources have brought growth to its knees.
Bad growth is simply the result of the lack of a long term growth strategy. It’s hallmark is siloed IT, including disparate service management tools and redundant call centers spread throughout the enterprise. One part of the business may be using old versions of legacy apps , while other departments are using something different for the same purpose. ,
Where bad growth has led to fragmentation of IT or business resources, the impact on business can be significant. Data center modernization and consolidation projects offer the opportunity to become more agile while controlling costs to stay competitive. However, IT consolidation is not something you should tackle on your own. The IT consolidation experts at Educational Management Associates have helped many clients create a more efficient data center by following Gartner’s recommended five steps:
- Strategize and Plan: How much can your organization save in data center space, energy consumption, manpower, and hardware and software investments? How will improved availability, accessibility, ease-of-use, and performance increase productivity? How else will the consolidation efforts impact your bottom line?
- Architect Solution: Decide how many data centers your company will need and if they should be co-located or outsourced. Develop new disaster recovery and backup plans based on the new configuration. Leverage cloud in your solution.
- Select Solution: Working with a trusted consultant, decide who will provide the technologies, products and services.
- Build: Address the most glaring issues first, then build out the total solution in increments, incorporating legacy hardware where possible while striving for optimal costs.
- Operate and Evolve: Adapt your consolidated infrastructure to industry changes and technology upgrades in the course of day-to-day management. Monitor variables that impact costs like energy consumption, downtime, operational efficiencies, and productivity. Establish policies that build consolidation into your overall business strategy.
Educational Management Associates can help manage each these steps, whether it involves building and populating a new data center or re-architecting an existing one and undoing the damage caused by uncontrolled growth. Position your organization for good growth in the future. To learn more, get in touch with the experts at EMA for a free data center evaluation.