March 27, 2014 | Written by: Marcos Sylos
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Information technology (IT) consulting measured on a per-day basis is becoming rare since customers want to know how much they will spend on each project. It’s more common to find fixed-price IT consulting contracts or per module and project phase pricing with a well-defined scope and activities.
In this scenario, IT consulting companies do not have much time to waste installing tools and applications to collect information needed for their projects. One example of this is the data collection of servers and application performance such as memory and disk utilization for server consolidation or virtualization projects, including migration to cloud. Other examples include reporting or trend analysis for business intelligence, data gathering to troubleshoot or tuning applications.
(Related: Top five advantages of software as a service (SaaS))
What about using software as a service (SaaS) applications to collect and process the information needed? Using SaaS solutions, IT consulting companies could focus their work on the analysis and innovation, as well as in real value-added activities. They avoid having to keep or buy their own servers and applications for a specific effort or even having to maintain them when they aren’t being used for any projects.
The following points are the top three advantages from this approach:
1. Reduced time and cost. The time of the analysis and the cost for the customer and IT consulting companies is reduced since SaaS solutions are ready to use. Also, software licenses and hardware maintenance are included.
2. Better tools and applications. Tools or applications necessary for better analysis will be available even for small or medium customers, which could be cost prohibitive if they have to buy the software licenses. SaaS solutions include sophisticated reporting tools and will expand the IT consulting company’s portfolio.
3. More resilience and availability. SaaS solutions reside on cloud environments and therefore have more resiliency and availability because there are high availability solutions in place to guarantee it. Also, IT consulting companies can expand or reduce their computer resources as needed for each engagement, such as disk, memory and processors. This flexibility is important to reduce costs and to optimize capacity depending on the requisites for the project.
Do IT consulting companies already get the advantages of SaaS? Check the IBM portfolio. It can improve your business!
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