Huge thanks to Inframon’s Sean Roberts and Gordon McKenna for this post.

Fighting the War on Cost with Microsoft System Center

Inframon was founded in 2005 which was right in the middle of what now can be described as the ‘good times’. Since then we’ve had a major global economic meltdown and a number of our customers have been severely impacted by this with IT budgets slashed and head counts removed. Some of our customers have managed this change well and come out of this relatively unscathed as faster, leaner and better organisations. Others have not fared so well and have disappeared, merged or been restructured to something unrecognisable. None have remained the same.

The current economic state for the European Union is  somewhat grim. This is clearly demonstrated in the Gross Domestic Product figures you can see on your screen. From 2007 to 2009 we saw a massive contraction of 9% in economic growth.

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The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures the total economic output of an area. When this moves into negative figures as we see in 2008 the economy is contracting and therefore, we’re in a recession.

This had some pretty far reaching implications for the economy as a whole:

1. Unemployment across the EU grew to 8.3% from 6.7% just a year earlier.

2. Foreclosures on houses quickened

3. Credit lines to business dried up

4. Business started going bust

The bottom line is – people are spending less.

Some countries were impacted more heavily than others such as Ireland, Spain, Greece and the Baltic states. It wasn’t just the EU that was affected by this; the entire world was affected.

Whilst we can see a small recovery in the UK economy, overall it doesn’t mean we’re necessarily in the clear. Ireland for instance has now officially tipped back into recession (known as a double dip) and has recently been bailed out by the EU. We’re not sure yet if other countries such as the UK, who responded to the crisis with massive stimulus packages and are now embarking upon slashing public spending, will also follow Ireland into the double dip, but there are increasing fears of ‘contagion’ amongst other European nations, including Portugal and Greece. Further to this the UK now faces the renewed challenge of above target inflation figures.

It is natural of course that the credit crisis and economic turmoil would have an impact upon ICT as a whole. Despite our best efforts the reality is that aside from a handful of businesses, IT is still regarded as a cost centre to the business.

Across all of our customers we have come to recognise that there is a war going on, this is the war on cost. At its essence the war on cost dictates that we must now deliver more value to our end users, with less resources and in less time.

There are a number of far reaching implications of the war; we’ve seen a huge swing from build to buy, from insource to outsource, from onsite to cloud. This war has forever changed the face of IT, from IT Professionals to Executives.

Recently Inframon hosted for the second time an event called The War on Cost (www.waroncost.com) at the Churchill War Rooms. This historic site set the theme for the day as a multitude of world class Microsoft and non-Microsoft speakers demonstrated how we can all fight the war on cost using the Microsoft System Center suite of products. Covering the current and future set of products attendees were able to gain unique insights and tips how to plan, architect and deploy System Center to help them fight the war on cost. Feedback from attendees was excellent and today we’re happy to announce that those who didn’t attend are now able to access the content at www.waroncost.com. You’ll also find links to each session at the end of this post.

Hopefully you too can use System Center to fight the war on cost in your organisation.

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If you need a little inspiration then remember the words of our wartime leader.

"We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down.

Give us the tools, and we will finish the job."

Winston Churchill - 9 February 1941

Sean Roberts\Gordon McKenna – Inframon

Inframon are a Microsoft Gold Partner specialising solely in the Microsoft System Center Suite of products. Their Microsoft MVP-led team help help businesses across the UK realise the true benefits of utilising Microsoft System Center to drive down costs across their IT infrastructure.

www.inframon.com

Watch the War on Cost event videos on Showcase:

Attack the Costs and Complexity of managing mobile devices in your enterprise
Microsoft Private Cloud Story
Microsoft Keynote - Desktop and Security Convergence

Keynote from Gordon McKenna, CEO at Inframon

Microsoft keynote - Datacenter to the Cloud
Heterogenous Management with Operations Manager 2007
Operations Manager R2 and V.Next
Service Manager - the Better Together Story

System Center Configuration Manager v.Next Highlights
Datacenter IT Process Automation (Opalis)