Firms rationalise systems to achieve savings

Businesses that remove 25% of their applications can more than halve their IT staff headcount and slash their IT budgets,...

Businesses that remove 25% of their applications can more than halve their IT staff headcount and slash their IT budgets, according to Hackett Group.

The benchmark report found that the best-performing IT departments operate with 9.2 full-time equivalent staff per 1,000 end-users, compared to 21.7 staff for similar companies.

A key factor in an IT department's success was simplification of IT systems.

According to Hackett Group the best run IT departments spend 18% less than other IT departments and operate with 36% fewer staff.

They also brought in projects on time and under budget more than 30% more often than similar organisations, the research found.

One company featured in the report saved £18.3m on its annual IT costs by consolidating 60 datacentres to two and eliminating 1,000 applications.

IT departments that were ranked higher in the benchmark tests were more likely to use data standards to a high degree across all systems.

The Hackett Group also found that these IT departments were significantly more likely to have implemented a high level of standards enforcement across hardware, networking, and software applications.

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