How can you reduce IT costs for SMEs?

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How can you reduce IT costs for SMEs?
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SMEs spend between 4% and 7% of their sales on IT, according to a Gartner study. With IT budgets forecast to grow over the next 5 years, understanding and managing these costs is becoming a priority for SMBs. Here are 5 ways to reduce your IT costs, and an action plan for scalable, long-term cost reduction.

Ways to reduce your IT costs

1. Carry out a complete audit and analyze current costs

Start with a detailed analysis of your current IT assets and expenses. This includes direct costs, such as hardware and software, as well as indirect costs, such as maintenance and staff training. This step will enable you to identify potential savings levers.

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2. Use Cloud Computing

Migrating to cloud solutions offers flexibility and savings on infrastructure costs. Cloud computing allows you to pay only for the resources you use, and to adapt quickly to business needs.

3. Streamline software licensing

According to a Flexera study, companies spend an average of 30% of their software budget on unused or under-used licenses. Regularly taking stock of licenses and their use enables you to adjust purchases and avoid over-consumption.

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4. Opt for Reconditioned Equipment

Choosing reconditioned equipment enables companies to reduce their acquisition costs while helping to reduce electronic waste, thus promoting a more sustainable and responsible approach.

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5. Analyze ROI

Regularly assessing the return on investment of IT projects is essential. This not only helps to justify expenditure, but also to plan future budgets more accurately.

Action Plan for Scalable, Long-Term IT Cost Reduction

1. Centralize and automate information

Use a centralized IT management tool to consolidate all data relating to your IT assets. An easy-to-use platform will help you get a clear overview and manage your resources efficiently. Automate the collection and updating of information on your equipment and software. This reduces human error and optimizes the lifecycle management of your IT assets.

2. Create Evolutive Processes

Establish standardized, scalable processes for IT management, including employee onboarding and offboarding. This ensures smooth, efficient management, even during periods of growth.

3. Get Expert Support

To maximize the benefits of your optimization, enlist the help of IT professionals. They'll be able to advise you on best practices, the technologies best suited to your needs, and the most cost-effective solutions.

By following these tips, you can be sure of significantly reducing your IT costs. Anticipation, structured processes, support and centralized information are the key to efficient, cost-effective IT management.

Written by

Audrey Pogu

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