Every business has a hidden gold mine.
In many businesses, the majority of the firm seems to follow a separate set of standards and speak in a different language than the IT or computer services sector. Because of a particular culture, technical professionals have regarding their specialized knowledge and application areas, this separation is partly artificial and somewhat perpetuated by the IT experts themselves. But, at their core, those odd individuals in IT have the same objectives as any other businessperson: to succeed in shared tasks both individually and corporately.
Those of us on the business side of the corporate landscape, on the other hand, rely on the computer people to keep us informed on the status of our very valuable asset, our IT systems, hardware, and software. Most media do big companies use extremely high-capacity computers or a network of computers, and such systems must operate at maximum capacity every day to meet the company’s objectives.
Each year, the upgrade and maintenance expenditures for the computers that operate your company are undoubtedly a significant portion of the corporate budget. However, since those systems are what keep you competitive in the marketplace, that investment is well worth the money to ensure that the mission-critical tasks performed by those strong systems are completed on time each week and month.
When a computer starts to show symptoms of strain from the amount of work we’re providing it, it may be a major source of worry for a company. If your business paradigm dictates that the amount of traffic or system resources can be pushed beyond what the computers can handle with their current computing power, that weakness in the IT infrastructure poses a significant risk to the company if the system becomes overloaded when there is a large amount of work to be done by these machines.
What not every businessperson realizes is that your IT resources may include a hidden treasure of computing power that is just not being used to its full potential. You’re probably aware that your IT experts often state that your systems are at 80-90 percent capacity and need to be updated in order to manage the next major surge in business.
That untapped goldmine is a discipline that has been there for a long time but is seldom used in today’s corporate environment. Capacity planning is the name of the discipline. You can put the tools and talent in place to precisely measure scientifically if your computer systems are at capacity or if there is simply a need for system tuning or realignment of computing schedules to get more out of the systems you already own by implementing a capacity planning office and monitoring function.
The major oil business in the Midwest recently reported that several of its mission-critical operations were experiencing delays in processing, ostensibly due to overburdened computer systems in desperate need of a costly and time-consuming update. It was discovered that task priorities of new functions were not adjusted to the load of the system during key time frames after capacity planning measurements were collected and the system was analyzed to identify what the actual issue was. The changes were made by skilled system administrators, and the IT infrastructure continued to operate at peak levels, eliminating the delays without the need for new hardware or upgrades.
The firm may get the most out of its computer resources and utilize its corporate resources to advance the company’s business goals by using capacity planning software tools and allowing your IT staff to take advantage of this highly scientific computer measurement and prediction technique. And this is good for everyone.