I’ve seen a bit in the news about support, the consumerization of devices in the workplace and virtual desktop infrastructures that has brought this post together. We seem to ebb and flow with new toys in the workplace and standardization of support. The plain truth is that the standard environment is the most cost efficient. If the role did not dictate that a given device be provided by the company to the individual, why would we assume we must support it? I understand it did not come with a capital expenditure and made the employee accessible, if they choose to be, however, it does carry a significant cost burden that is often overlooked.
Service and support is commodity. It is something that can and should be easily outsourced and the service provider will either standardize the support or will tax the customer for the varying types of devices that are supported. I know that sounds harsh, but in these days where we should be seeking to spend less on operating and more on innovating this is one of the easiest and biggest cost saving area. In most IT Operations budgets, the service and support function represents about 10% of the budget. Tools no longer need to be in-house and custom if the business would rather not outsource, there are good SaaS offerings on the market to at least alleviate the burden of supporting the tools, paying the big boys maintenance taxes and paying for customized support of a commodity function.
I’ll make another bold statement, we care too much about the “end user” for the wrong reason. No one outside of a data center even really knows what an “end user” is, but we all know who is our customer. IT has to make this transformation to drive business growth and this is one of those starting places in knowing who is really the customer. Whether or not our “end user” in the business is really happy or not with IT services is a debateable point. The most important factor is whether or not we are able to transact business and support our buying customers that grow the business. This is the mindset shift that needs to occur.
So supporting the latest version of iPhone from whichever provider and carrier and how happy our “end users” are when we re-image their machine because it is far cheaper to re-image to standard than figure out what they downloaded that broke something. It’s about keeping the business productive, growing and making the customer of our goods and services happy and buying. We should be automating the operations and shifting this attention, focus and resources on the growth side of the see saw.
I know this post is a bit controversial. This is something that happens with each new toy that comes to market and budgets loosen, we forget the good efficiency practices we put in place in lean times. I’ve answered hundreds of inquiry calls on this subject just before this function gets outsourced, the services are cheaper because the service provider will impose a standard and tax for the luxory. We should be doing the same with good business service management practices shifting our focus and resources to the growth of business.
Are you taxing for the non-standard or spending more reacting and maintaining?
Network World — Cost-saving technologies remain a priority for IT in 2011 and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), with its ability to streamline operations, is one of the technologies at the top of the list. (Read Full Article…)