Any major outsourcing agreement is an upheaval and anyone entering into it who thinks otherwise is being naive! There is a bedding down period, then BAU (Business As Usual) and then the improvement opportunities arise. Will the incumbent come to you offering better SLAs and cost reductions? Obviously not, as doing so would make their life harder and erode their margins. However, both are achievable if the correct partner is selected in the correct manner and the contracts are drawn up in a suitable way. Here at exceeding we assist organisations achieve this.
1. Is management fully committed to moving ahead provided you can provide a compelling business case?
If not, how can they be or is the project a non-starter?
2. Is your organisation truly ready to accommodate a third party service provider?
If your organisation is not ready, can you leverage the right change management techniques to enable this.
There have been a few recent analyses showing that cloud computing has significant efficiency and cost advantages. Estimates vary, however lets all agree that cloud computing is here and growing! So what’s the ‘cloud’ well sorry to tell you folks but it’s centralised computer akin to the good old mainframe! So why is the cloud so popular? I can think of a few reasons why cloud AKA centralised computing is significantly more energy efficient than using in-house datacenters.
What is Business Transformation? It is a change in management strategy which aims to align your businesses staff, processes and technology initiatives as a company more closely with its business goals and aspirations. Typically internal staff and business leaders are often worse placed to analyse these needs let alone implement them. Here at eXceeding we specialise in helping organisations review and then, where appropriate, restructure.
eXceeding, the IT Services solution sourcing specialists, recently asked a Linkedin Group ‘Cloud Computing, SaaS & Virtualization’ which contains over a 100,000 members of industry experts “What is the largest challenge businesses face selecting a Cloud solution?”
The responses confirmed that this is still a very hot topic for many businesses. The conversations highlighted many of the challenges organisations face selecting Cloud, IaaS, SaaS and PaaS. Below is a summary and selection of the types of responses posted.
Businesses are renegotiating outsourcing agreements before expiration more often than ever before. The nature of many agreements entered into previously has tended to be rather rigid. Client and provider demands are constantly evolving as their businesses demands increase and as such so are IT services and technologies.
The expense of maintaining cutting-edge telecommunications services whether that’s fixed lines and minutes, VOIP, EFM, Leased Lines, MPLS, or combined and complex converged WAN makes it vital for your business to keep a constant eye on telecom costs. Every avenue should be explored to ensure that all options are utilised to make savings whilst still securing the best services possible.
“It’s unwise to pay too much but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is as well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” - John Ruskin
A Chief Officer (or Chief Information Officer; CIO) is an executive-level position within an organisation. The CIO is responsible for Information Technology (IT) issues within that organisation.
Do all of your contracts deliver what you pay for and perform satisfactorily?
If yes congratulations, however if like the majority of organisations you aren’t 100% sure then for a completely impartial, confidential review from a fully independent expert please contact eXceeding today, via email, or call 03333 555 111