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The Time To Prepare For Post-Covid-19 Is Now

by Jeffrey Hewitt  |  May 27, 2020  |  1 Comment

We certainly are learning a lot from today’s current situation. One thing is that we need to spend very wisely in case the unexpected arises. It is a given that this emphasis on optimizing our expenditures will extend well beyond our present-day lock downs. This will be particularly true for Infrastructure and Operations leaders. So how should I&O leaders approach cost optimization as a discipline?

The good news is that one of my analyst colleagues, Ron Blair, has produced a valuable toolkit for I&O leaders so that they can optimize costs effectively. It is entitled, “Toolkit: 100-Plus I&O Cost Optimization and Reduction Ideas.” This toolkit breaks down the approaches into five helpful vectors. They are “primary beneficiary of optimization idea,” “typical engagement level required,” “supply or demand,” “primary focus area,” and “primary cost element impacted.” The document goes into detail on each of these areas and allows I&O leaders create a graph like this one, based on their input using the toolkit, to determine which cost optimization ideas deserve further vetting.

In the above illustrative example, the output from using the toolkit shows 80 ideas that were categorized as having potential. Utilizing this exercise establishes a strong foundational approach for turning cost-optimization ideas into reality.

Following Covid-19, Gartner believes that cost optimization will become one of the most important priorities for I&O leaders. The high degree of importance that will be placed on cost optimization is one reason why Gartner wants to provide tools like the one mentioned above to help achieve desirable results. Utilizing a focused  and logical approach to making the most of all investments will help I&O leaders to be more prepared if and when the unexpected should arise again.

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Jeffrey Hewitt
VP Analyst I
20 years at Gartner
42 years IT Industry

Jeffrey Hewitt is a Research Vice President at Gartner, where he is a part of the Infrastructure and Operations team in the Gartner for IT Leaders organization. As a part of that team, Mr. Hewitt's primary areas of coverage include hyperconvergence, software containers/microservices, serverless computing, hyperscale (webscale) architectures, edge computing, machine learning IaaS, and the I&O implications of changing technology approaches like public cloud, blockchain, and big data. He also covers integrated systems and server purchasing negotiations.Read Full Bio

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