Renegotiate Existing Contracts
Renegotiating these contracts to provide better features and lower prices are an immediate savings on your IT services bill. If your current vendor is unable to slash your IT bill then it’s time to look for a vendor that will. The IT services industry is very competitive and vendors are always looking for new customers.
This could also present a great opportunity to consolidate vendor relationships. Consolidated vendor relationships can often result in bundling discounts that will further reduce your IT spend. Involve appropriate departments when bundled discounts cross departmental lines. Look at the company as whole. An optimal solution for one single department may be suboptimal for the company.
Prioritize Project Spending
Optimize IT Services
As you optimize your IT services, you shouldn’t just look at your servers but you should also take a look at your software usage. If you are paying licenses for software that you are not using, then you realize immediate savings by terminating those licenses. Likewise, you can also check out open source solutions that are realistic alternatives for subscription based licensed software. For example, Amazon customer service uses Ubuntu Linux for its agents. This results in substantial savings on each workstation. Open source alternatives are not always realistic, but some open source alternatives are superior.
These three effective techniques are just a start towards slashing your enterprise IT bill. As you work through these techniques, you will discover other ways to reduce your IT bill. You’ll discover pockets of waste where you didn’t think you’d find it. As you do, you’ll improve your company’s performance while creating a leaner and more responsive IT department.