12 Ways to Shift to a Consumption-Based IT Model

12 Ways to Shift to a Consumption-Based IT Model

Clearly Define the GoalsClearly Define the Goals

Marry your IT and corporate financial management strategies by deploying consumption-based processes that serve your users’ needs in real-time across traditional infrastructure, public, private or hybrid clouds.

Embrace Your Hybrid OperationEmbrace Your Hybrid Operation

Develop a strategic set of financial and operational controls by providing a global view of enterprise IT assets, regardless of the infrastructure architecture.

Define the ServicesDefine the Services

Use flexible IT planning and management software to identify details of usage. Bundle usage into IT services offered in a business-friendly catalog. Improve resource visibility and selection by line-of-business, as well as servers, storage, networking, CPUs, apps, desktops, etc.

Capture Consumption DataCapture Consumption Data

Capture consumption data in a timely manner using consistent, repeatable processes that streamline invoicing and revenue recognition. Invest in proven data collection and reporting software designed for consumption-based IT.

Determine Who Your Customers AreDetermine Who Your Customers Are

Transform your reporting views by resource usage with an automated process to identify the owners of each transaction. Transition the users of the services to the new consumption model wherever they reside in the enterprise.

Support Consumption-Based IT DemandSupport Consumption-Based IT Demand

To determine what location is best used to support consumption-based IT demand, view your enterprise assets by global location in detail, regardless of the infrastructure architecture deployed.

Consider Flexible Pricing PlansConsider Flexible Pricing Plans

Meet the rising demand for competitive IT pricing in a scalable and cost-effective way using a consumption-based solution. Leverage flexible pricing features like fixed, variable, tiered, scheduled, resource state, etc.

Offer Cost TransparencyOffer Cost Transparency

A consumption-based solution allows IT managers to track detailed usage and costs that improve the accuracy of reports and provide drill-down capabilities that allow the customer to investigate costs at a granular level.

Set Up Automated AlertsSet Up Automated Alerts

Set up alerts to capture and analyze data to monitor allocated versus used capacity, P&L, trends and forecasted usage across the entire enterprise.

Use a Single-Pane DashboardUse a Single-Pane Dashboard

Set up a customizable, single-pane dashboard that provides real-time visibility across the hybrid IT environment—traditional and public cloud—using consumption-based metrics associated with costs, demand, supply and other key performance indicators.

Measure the BenefitsMeasure the Benefits

Within six months of adopting a consumption-based model, IT will be able to: Rapidly deliver services that match demand. Drive down costs by quickly understanding any over-provisioning. Reduce complexity of billing, service allocation, trends, forecasting, variances, alerts and reporting.

More BenefitsMore Benefits

Deliver the right service at the right time and reduce shadow IT. Be viewed as a trusted advisor for technology decisions across the enterprise. Act as a broker of internal and outsourced services, and optimize costs.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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