At the end of the day, most business decision-makers aren’t concerned with the finer details of how you manage and maintain your company’s IT fleet. They simply want to know how much they’re spending, the ROI they’re receiving and how they can reduce costs. To that end, IT teams face the challenge of selecting devices that are modern and powerful enough to enable optimal efficiency, while continually focusing on the bottom line.
So what can you do to reduce IT fleet management and ownership costs?
Conduct an inventory of your IT assets
Hidden or overlooked IT costs are common across many businesses – particularly those with multiple, disparate functions or legacy systems. In these instances, non-integrated IT systems not greatly raise costs but can also result in inefficient processes, duplicated workloads, errors and bottlenecks. In most cases, it’s possible to cut costs immediately by taking an inventory of all IT assets. Doing so will enable you to pinpoint areas of over-provisioning or obsolescence, and identify opportunities to phase out outdated or redundant devices, and unsupported or non-compliant solutions.
At The Laptop Company, this is a service we offer through our Account Management team. We can help you identify opportunities to rationalise your procurement, redeploy devices within your team, source best-fit devices for intended applications and develop a long-term deployment strategy to balance fleet capability with budget.
Extend product life where possible
Too many organisations spend precious resources attempting to reinvent the wheel with every IT investment. A review of your existing fleet will likely reveal a number of opportunities to reuse existing solutions. You may also need to extend the usable life of your devices. With shipping delays affecting much of the industry, this is becoming a necessity for many. The problem with extending the life of devices is the cost of servicing – the cost of replacement parts for any user damage or faults outside of warranty is typically more than the new device purchase cost.
The Laptop Company’s Renew service helps make extending the life of your fleet outside or warranty possible, without unexpected costs or degraded service. We can recover reusable parts from your broken devices to keep your other devices running. We also provide the option of creating spare ‘HotSwap’ devices from your donor machines. In the event of fault or user damage, a replacement HotSwap device can be delivered to affected users immediately.
Opt for managed devices and SOEs
The more unique devices and applications you have to manage, the higher the level of effort and cost involved. Moving to a managed device fleet and Standard Operating Environment (SOE) can simplify and streamline everything from provisioning and deployment to patching, security and general management. It’s essentially a way to avoid IT sprawl and the cost blowout that typically comes with it.
With an SOE, you can reduce the variances between different users and devices to not only reduce costs, but also provide a consistent user experience while eliminating the workload of managing multiple environments. Moving to an SOE also ensures all required security features are configured and activated for every device. This means you can address the risk of threat actors compromising your organisation's information across every device in your fleet.
It also provides an opportunity to increase the quality of the end-user and device experience. The Laptop Company is an industry leader in this space, with SOEs available as part of our Enhanced User Experience program. Find out more here.
The Laptop Company partners with world-class vendors such as HP to deliver devices powered by the latest processors, such as 11th Gen Intel® Core™. We also work with you to tailor a standardised, cost-effective software setup for your organisation's hardware, users, infrastructure, security and software licensing requirements. You control the devices your users receive out of the box, including redeployed machines.
To learn more about how we can help reduce the cost of your IT fleet, get in touch with the team at The Laptop Company.
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