Reducing or eliminating costs is an important goal for every IT department. Each decision regarding your computer resources must be weighed not only on the value that they can deliver to your organization, but upon their cost to procure, implement, and maintain. And, in most cases, if a positive return on investment cannot be calculated, the software won’t be adopted, or the hardware won’t be upgraded.
An often overlooked opportunity for cost containment comes from within the realm of your capacity planning group. Capacity planning is the process of determining the production capacity needed by an organization to meet changing demands for its products. But capacity planning is perhaps a misnomer, because this group should not only be planning your capacity needs, but also managing your organization’s capacity. Actively managing your resources to fit your demand can reduce your IT department’s software bills… especially in a mainframe environment.