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In our last post, we offered five tips on how to reduce IT infrastructure costs. We noted there are myriad opportunities to curb expenses and gain efficiencies – certainly more than five – and we also noted that how you approach cost cutting can affect the outcomes you achieve. So let’s talk about how to reduce IT infrastructure costs the right way.

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Determining how to reduce IT infrastructure costs can be something of a conundrum. Doing more with less has become a way of life for IT professionals, but as the complexity of your technology environment continues to escalate, response options become more complex, too. “More” doesn’t just mean bigger data. It’s often a reflection of broader productivity expected of your IT infrastructure.

What to do? These five tips will help you consider how to reduce IT infrastructure costs. But know this: behind the multitude of options for cost-cutting lies the fact that they aren’t all equally appropriate for your enterprise. In Part 2 of this post, we’ll tackle how to reduce IT infrastructure costs the right way.

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Large global companies tend to have large, highly skilled IT staffs. So it’s understandable you might wonder what outsourcing consultants can offer that you don’t already have. However, IT outsourcing is a specialized world, and a highly complex marketplace. Navigating its waters isn’t the same as organizing and managing day-to-day IT operations, no matter how big your enterprise or your data.

Outsourcing consultants offer fresh eyes, unbiased insight and recommendations. There are actually several types of expertise they can bring your company.

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Complexity, compliance, emerging technologies and best practices, picky customers, aging legacy systems, retiring veteran IT staff and rising costs all concern corporate executives these days. Outsourcing consultants can help you assess and overcome virtually any IT-related challenge your enterprise is facing. But who should you call?

Here are five tips to help you evaluate outsourcing consultants, so you can make the right call.

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There’s nothing that says you have to hire an IT sourcing consultant. If you’ve decided transformation is in order, you can follow through on your own – figuring out what solution you want, finding the resources, contracting for those services.

But, realistically, it will be time-consuming and confusing, no matter how much in-house expertise you have available. It will pull valuable IT and other key staff away from important daily work. It probably won’t be an experience you want to repeat.

Worst of all, your chances of getting the results you want after all that effort are slim. The truth is, you don’t have the time or expertise to do this. And delay costs money.

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Transformation is top-of-mind with many IT managers these days, along with pressure from all sides to meet increasing – and increasingly diverse -- service demands. IBM mainframe solutions have traditionally been your mainstay, but also one of your biggest IT budget items. Fortunately, next-gen mainframes can serve as a centralized control point and help you actually reduce overall costs, too.

That’s great news when you consider that 85% of mainframe operators say cost optimization is a top priority. They say they’re especially eager to reduce peak MIPS/MSU usage to control costs. And while it may be comforting to know you’re in good company, the real question is how can your IBM mainframe solutions help you accomplish those cost reduction goals?

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If you’re like most large, global companies, you may have been using IBM mainframe solutions for several decades. You’ve come to rely heavily on your mainframes, and you trust them to keep your enterprise functioning.

But like all technology, IBM mainframes have undergone significant changes in recent years. You can now look to them for better-than-ever performance, greater cost-effectiveness and broader ability to manage your IT environment, both day-to-day and long term.

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“Fit” can mean can have several meanings. Robust. Match. Appropriate. Prepared. When you’re investigating mainframe outsourcing providers, your goal should be to find one that meets every one of those definitions. That’s not an easy task.

Why do we care about fit?

Think about custom-tailored clothing. There’s nothing better, because it’s measured and made just for you. The sleeves, shoulders, waist and pant length. The little extras, such as hand-stitching or cuffs just the right depth. When you’re wearing a custom-tailored suit, you feel great and you know you look sharp – ready to do your best work.

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