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Hot Spots: New Year's resolution: Get my storage organized

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Ask yourself these questions:
  • How many resources do you need?

  • How quickly can you deploy this solution across the entire enterprise?

  • How many features can you deploy? Many times, your software purchase will cover an entire suite of tools and products, but you may only need a few.

  • How can you accelerate your time to value? One way to accomplish this is to utilize your software vendor's professional services (depending on their fees). They may not know your environment, but they'll have more experience deploying this software than anyone and have a greater familiarity with custom reports.
The bottom line is that SRM software can be one of the most effective ways to optimize your storage environment. Just utilizing its capacity management capabilities can save a large environment millions of dollars. Implementing many of the other features of SRM software can improve the levels of service to the business and accelerate ITSM initiatives. The benefits are very real. This isn't the year to procrastinate. Instead, it's time to evaluate SRM products and implement change.

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This was first published in January 2008

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