IT Asset Management Top Priority in 2009, Reveals Axios Survey
IT service management projects that enable organizations to track their IT assets are a key priority for UK companies in 2009 according to research conducted by Axios Systems. In a survey of over 100 IT executives, 77 percent indicated that implementing configuration management databases (CMDBs) to manage IT change was a big or their biggest priority in the year ahead. The survey also revealed that 63 percent of executives have already begun to implement CMDB projects to better understand utilization of their existing IT assets and to identify opportunities to cut costs. The majority (61 percent) of these IT professionals said their focus was to improve IT service value to the organization.
According to Barclay Rae, Head of Consulting at Axios Systems, the current economic climate has acted as a catalyst for the adoption of cost saving technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization. "With so much change happening, many organizations are beginning to realize that planning is critical for their IT infrastructure to cope. Because of this, we are seeing an increasing number of businesses deploying CMDB solutions. These solutions are crucial in helping firms map out their IT assets and enable strategies to consolidate IT assets as well as to identify and discontinue use of expensive under-utilized hardware and software. CMDBs are also essential once a company has implemented new technologies such as virtualization. This is especially true when those technologies are updated on a regular basis, as they allow IT executives to track their physical and virtual infrastructure. In today’s economic climate, CMDB projects are no longer a "nice-to-have"–they are business-critical IT initiatives that can help firms increase efficiency and deliver measurable cost savings."