12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, bMighty.com has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.Most of the tips are aimed at small to midsize companies, but they also have applications for enterprises and consumers. And you may already be following many of the suggestions -- but I'll bet that you're not taking advantage of all of them! And odds are that even those suggestions you are using are not universally implemented.
Sometimes, taking advantage of these tips may involve a bit of extra work, but when economic times get tough, the tough have to get economical.
The first step, of course, is to know what you're spending. And the easiest way to do that is to make sure you actually look at your bills. You'd be surprised by how many companies -- of all sizes -- simply pay whatever bills come in, without taking the time to really see what they're paying for. The most common culprit is cellular bills, and there are now services that can audit your bills to see how you can save serious money. But why stop there? The current crunch is a great time to take a close look at all your recurring costs.
Cutting costs is one thing, but what about eliminating them? These days, there are a wide variety of open source and cloud-based software and service options that are completely free. Many of them may not be business-strength, and thus not good replacements for your company. And you may need specific features only available from the expensive brands.
But other free options may deliver all the functionality you need with no out-of-pocket costs at all. Why pay for productivity software when you can use Zohoor Open Office? Why pay for network management packages when you can try Spiceworks?
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.