Spring cleaning isn’t just for households. As organizations plan digital transformation projects to reduce costs and improve productivity, it’s time to examine which legacy technologies and practices you need to retire.
ARTICLE | 5m read
April 27, 2021
By: Kurt Roemer
Gartner predicts global IT spending will reach $3.9 trillion this year, an increase of more than six percent from 2020. The easy explanation for this growing IT spend is that many organizations are planning digital transformation projects, such as adopting hybrid work models. But even as many companies look to the future, too many organizations have IT budgets that are weighed down by supporting legacy hardware, applications, and processes.
It’s time for IT spring cleaning—taking a closer look at your existing technology infrastructure investments to see what needs to be modernized, what needs to be replaced, and what needs to be retired altogether. Done right, the benefits of IT spring cleaning go beyond simply saving costs to include improved productivity, more defensible security, and an optimized employee experience. In this article, we will show how asking the right questions about the past, present, and future of your technology infrastructure can help make the most of your IT rationalization.
The ideal starting place for IT spring cleaning is examining the age of your technology infrastructure. Look at the hardware, applications, and processes that have been around the longest, and you can usually find technology that made sense in the past but is no longer serving your needs. Here are three questions about your past technology decisions to guide you right now:
Once you’ve examined your past technology decisions, the next step to a successful IT spring cleaning is taking stock of your present technology situation. Here are three questions about your existing tech infrastructure’s performance to help prioritize your path for IT rationalization:
Ultimately, IT spring cleaning is about preparing your organization to succeed in the days, months and years to come. As you look forward, consider how changing work trends will require new IT strategies—and in the long term, how you can empower your employees to thrive in the future of work. These three questions can help you better visualize your ideal IT future: