Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 4. Manage Upgrade Cycles

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2007-10-08
 
 
 

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot

When it comes to cutting costs, IT managers typically have five favorite levers they like to pull. But upon further review, its pretty clear that the cures are more often than not worse than the disease. By Michael Vizard

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 1. Cut Staff

In a world where IT people are in short supply, cutting staff means not only more work for everybody else, but also that everybody else can go find another job somewhere else any time they choose.

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 1. Cut Staff

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 2. Reduce Vendor Pricing

This sounds great on paper, but to do it, you usually have to invite another vendor in to bid that usually has a lower-quality product that costs more to support than what you bought in the first place.

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 2. Reduce Vendor Pricing

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 3. Cut Third-Party Service Providers

This is basically a recipe for asking existing staffers who are less competent in a particular area to do the work of third-party specialists. Odds are good they wont do the job as well or, if they are any good at it, will quit to go work for more money

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 3. Cut Third-Party Service Providers

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 4. Manage Upgrade Cycles

This usually means not upgrading hardware to support an increased number of applications until performance degrades to the point where users leave the company because of the sub-standard gear they have to work with to do their jobs.

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 4. Manage Upgrade Cycles

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 5. Consolidate Space

Everybody likes to save on real estate costs. But when you consolidate servers, you also put more pressure on fragile networks to support branch offices. Invariably, application performance degrades to the point where people just think the IT department s

Five Ways IT Managers Shoot Themselves in the Foot - 5. Consolidate Space

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