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Justifying Capacity Management Efforts with Provable and Positive ROI

Having underutilized or idle resources can be just as harmful to your business as not having enough processing capacity or network bandwidth. Failure to do effective Capacity Management Planning becomes clearly visible to your customers, especially your internal customers.

The good news is that the return on investment of implementing capacity management and capacity planning is most definitely positive and provable, both in terms of tangible monetary value and in some less tangible but no-less-valuable benefits.

Syncsort recently hosted a webcast titled, “Justifying Capacity Management Efforts with Provable and Positive ROI,” which was led by Bill Hammond and Jamie Baker. This 30-minute webcast focuses on:

  • The core requirements that need to be part of your capacity management tools
  • The tangible Return on Investment (ROI) opportunities you can expect to realize
  • What some of the non-tangible benefits from Capacity Management are
  • Some ways to demonstrate these benefits to your company.

Core Requirements of Capacity Management

The goal of capacity management is to ensure that IT resources are the right size to effectively meet current and future business requirements. Effective capacity management should enable you to meet SLA’s in dynamic environments and manage costs while meeting demands of the business. A packaged capacity management plan should have the ability to capture performance and capacity data, and then store that data for use in reporting, analysis, and modeling.

Justifying Capacity Management Efforts with Provable and Positive ROI

Return on Investment

ROI is an important driver in any new business initiative. There are a few types of ROI you can count on when implementing a capacity management plan:

Expected ROI:

  • Reduced downtime and slow time
  • Effective system administration
  • Accurate reporting
  • Optimized Workloads

Hidden ROI:

  • Hardware purchase deferral
  • Software savings
  • Automation

Manual and Automated Capacity Management

There are a some challenges and benefits that accompany each type of capacity management process. Generally, an automated capacity management process leads to more noticeable benefits.

Manual Process:

  • Getting the right data – High potential for accidental data or formula corruption
  • Having a secure, repeatable process – labor-intensive with a risk of human error

Automated Process:

  • Data gathering – Collection and storage of all available systems and application performance
  • Data formats – Efficient, timely access to transformed capacity data
  • Reporting – Automated reporting is a quick and straightforward process
  • Analysis – Easy to repeat and share capacity analysis

You are already spending time and money to handle the critical need to manage systems capacity, performance and planning. But, are you spending wisely? Are you getting the level of results from your investment that you really need? Can you prove it?

For a more in depth look at how to justify your capacity management efforts, watch the webcast on-demand!

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