Why businesses need to shift the deadweight of duplicate tech

Once the first department to face budget cuts, worldwide IT spending is expected to total $5 trillion in 2024, according to Gartner, Inc. With this surge in investment, more scrutiny and inquiry are being directed to the boardroom table, offering a much-needed remedy against the hardware, software, and application duplicates hampering growth today. Tim Mercer, Vapour CEO, explains more…

The COVID-19 pandemic catalysed a frenzy of knee-jerk technology implementations across industries, as businesses scrambled to adapt to remote work and digital communication. But in the rush to innovate, many organisations found themselves jumping on a bandwagon without a coherent strategy. This haphazard accumulation of redundant solutions is exacerbated by poor IT governance, siloed departmental communication, and structural changes in response to market demands, to name a few.

The true cost of redundant IT systems

When we’re talking about duplicate tech, we’re not referring to copy-and-paste, like-for-like solutions. At least, not for the most part. It’s the items that are idle, unused, outdated, or could easily be dropped without much detriment to operations that weigh heavily on efficiency and the bottom line. These redundancies not only drain resources but also introduce a host of challenges that can impede growth and security, including:

  • Spiralling costs: Without comprehensive insights into IT development projects, organisations risk unknowingly duplicating efforts and wasting valuable budgetary resources. The absence of centralised oversight makes it difficult to spot the mounting maintenance costs and licensing overlaps too. As we’ve seen with mass layoffs in the sector — triggered by pandemic-driven hiring sprees — operating expense efficiency is coming into sharper focus too. 
  • Operational inefficiencies: Redundant IT systems don’t just drain financial resources. Duplication of efforts, data silos, and disjointed processes also contribute to operational efficiencies — hindering productivity and agility, as well as stifling innovation and growth.
  • Interoperability issues: Duplicate applications compound compatibility and interoperability challenges, demanding substantial time, expertise, and capital outlay for resolution — integrating additional disparate systems or relying on third-party services to bridge the gaps,  further complicating tech environments and straining resources.
  • Cybersecurity vulnerabilities: It only takes one compromised credential or application to trigger a breach. As technology estates swell, so too do the entry points for bad actors to exploit. And the stakes are even higher for firms that enable employees to go rogue on kit implementations that might not meet compliance requirements. Plus, chances are, if visibility is lacking enough to have so much deadweight, it’s also lacking in vital cybersecurity measures more broadly.

Setting the stage for agility and growth

Any business leader worth their salt knows this technological sprawl is unsustainable. By rationalising, optimising, and consolidating their tech stack, organisations can not only reduce the cost and complexity of IT but also set the stage for more productive investments to come — think generative AI applications, security-first cloud solutions, and automated workloads, for example — that align with strategic business objectives.

It’s a tonic to see spend trends changing too, to augment efforts. Increased budget brings heightened scrutiny, with stakeholders naturally posing probing questions that elicit more considered rationale behind technology decision-making — serving as a catalyst for greater accountability, efficiency, and ultimately, organisational success.

Need help shifting the deadweight of duplicate tech? Talk to us about rationalising and optimising your cloud estate, today. 

 

Posted By Vapour Comms Team
18/03/2024

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