By Shawna Rudd, Product Marketing Manager, Data Center Modernization Services
Assessments from HP are a great first step to help jump-start or re-start your IT transformation. They’re low-risk, often quick ways to uncover hidden savings and opportunities for improvement.
They enable HP to make recommendations for changes to existing network, server, application, or desktop environments that will improve overall IT performance, ROI and end-user experiences. Plus, they provide you with tools and resources you may not have in-house.
I can’t speak for other companies, but our assessments draw on HP expertise and methodologies to give you a set of actionable next steps. At the end of an HP assessment, you have a better idea of where to focus your IT transformation resources and what improvements to make to help resolve, improve, or implement solutions our experts recommend.
In a recent breakout session on IT transformation at HP Discover in Las Vegas, three of our IT transformation experts communicated the importance of assessing your existing infrastructure performance and end-user requirements prior to making modifications to your network, data center, or desktop environments.
“Without first understanding your users and what they do, you can only guess at what endpoint solution is right for each user,” said Dave Welch, our Desktop Modernization practice lead. “User profile assessments are critical to determine who can take advantage of the different technologies that are available (thin client, virtualization, “BYOC”), which applications can be rationalized, remediated, or replaced, where opportunities to outsource exist, etc.”
Gartner analysts Scott Nelson and Yvonne Genovese suggest researching many different opportunities to overhaul your applications portfolio. They mention rationalization as one of many possible exercises for “getting your arms around what you already have.” A separate report by Gartner analyst Jim Duggan finds that “progressive refinement from a high-level assessment leads to focused decisions that can improve application portfolio value and total costs.”
So whether it’s a strategic, large-scale assessment or a smaller, more tactical assessment focusing in on one aspect of your application or infrastructure environment … an assessment might be just what you need to get the IT transformation ball rolling. Learn more at www.hp.com/enterprise/assessments.