5 Easy Steps To Help Your Business Lower IT Costs Today

by | Aug 23, 2011 | General Tech

Easy Steps To Lower IT Costs and Improve Your Bottom Line

These action items will have a significant impact on your bottom line, helping put money in your pocket. The best part is the little or no upfront investment required on your part. You should consider these action items in a down or booming economy.

Step 1 – Telecom & Internet Audit

Your carrier isn’t going to call you offering lower prices. If you haven’t performed a thorough telecom audit with a Technology Strategist in the past two years, it’s likely you’re paying too much for your internet and phone bills, whether PSTN or VoIP. You can save serious money, often times 20%-45% each month by bringing a Technology Strategist to review your telecom bills and negotiate the best deal possible. Remember — a Technology Strategist can get you better prices than you can on your own and they won’t charge for the audit. It’s all part of their ‘Strategic Telecom Management’ services.

Step 2 – Liquidate Old Equipment

Like most organizations, it’s likely there is a pile of surplus or under-utilized equipment collecting dust. If you are thinking that one day you’ll use the equipment, the reality is that it will probably be outdated by the time you get around to it. Get a quick and easy risk-free quote today for used, excess or decommissioned networking, storage and telecommunications equipment. The end result is money in your pocket for up-to-date equipment that will help your business.

Step 3 – Managed Print Services

How much admin time is spent ordering new toner and managing the consumables inventory? One easy way to save on printing and copying expenses is for a Managed Print Services agreement, saving upwards of 30% each month, and eliminating the stress of supply inventory with automatic replenishment.

Step 4 – Consolidate Mobile Phones

With the increasing consumerization of today’s mobile devices, it’s likely that most executives today are carrying two devices, likely a Blackberry and an Android or iPhone device. Most executives we’ve talked to like the more media-friendly iPhone/Android devices but haven’t given up the reliance on a Blackberry device for email. The reality is that the iPhone/Android devices do an excellent job these days of sync’ing your email, contacts and calendars. We recently saved an organization thousands of dollars and the necessity to carry around two phones.

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Step 5 – Integrate Line of Business Applications

Integration of your ‘Line of Business’ applications is another critical component to the success of your business. If your computer applications aren’t integrated, you’re likely spending unnecessary administration costs inputting data amongst systems. Does your customer management system flow into your operations system or accounting application? With a small initial investment (the payback period is quickly realized in months), there is no longer a necessity to input data. Instead systems are integrated increasing internal efficiencies and often customer service gains. Both internal cost savings and revenue gains!

Contact us for more easy ways to lower costs, while increasing your bottom line.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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