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Technology Budget Challenges
February 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm #91752
Recent budget cuts have created challenges for IT to continue to innovate and promote the growth of technology in an organization without increasing expenses. What are some of the things you’ve begun looking at or initiated that will allow you to continue to focus on expanding the use of technology at little or no additional cost, or will actually reduce current costs?
February 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm #91758
Stephen W NolenParticipant
Get people to use it.. 🙂
I know that sounds bad but it’s sad how many tools are available to people but they fail to use them or want to use them. Unfortuately I have been deep into dealing directly with the Finance side having to fill in for the Finance Director but that it what is in my head right now – re-review existing technology that is not being maximized.
My 3 cents…
February 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm #91756
I agree with your observation, Stephen. This is something we struggle with, as well. Staff often feel that they are too busy to try to find new ways to utilize the software they are currently using. I think in some ways, the current budget cutbacks we are experiencing will force us to take a closer look at how we use existing applications and how we can get the most out of what we currently have.
One thing we are working on is creating short video instructions to provide an on demand tool for users to learn how to do more with what they have. We have been slow to develop this, due to time constraints, but will be focusing more attention on it in the coming months. It is a very cost effective approach to providing useful information to users. We realize the more we can make information available to users, it will help them improve efficiency and productivity, ultimately resulting in less need for desktop support. The more self sufficient users become, the more time IT can spend on the application of new technologies.
December 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm #91754
I can appreciate the challenges of managing a limited IT budget. The demand for electronic services rises by the day, and yet budgetary and political pressure commonly requires municipalities to cut IT expenses. I regret that I can’t turn you on to any miracle, turnkey solution to this issue, but I do think I can offer relief in some select IT areas.
When the time comes to evaluate internet service providers, I invite you to consider OneNet. We save governments money in a multitude of ways. First, you get Oklahoma’s best available network (I can explain how our research-grade infrastructure serves customers faster and more reliably than any commercial ISP). Second, we bundle a host of value-added services with your circuit at no additional charge. You can virtualize your LAN on our cloud, which can dramatically reduce expenses for IT hardware, maintenance and overhead. We can set up QoS on your circuit to prioritize select data or users over others, meaning you get more out of limited bandwidth. We can manage your router remotely, host your website, host your email and bridge all your videoconferences, reducing your dependence on multiple, third-party vendors. Finally, you’ll find our rates are competitive, and like I say, you’ll get much more for your investment.
I am more than happy to continue this conversation with anyone who’s interested. Cheers!
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