Wednesday 29 June 2011, 11.00am BST
Understanding the Business Value of Software Consolidation
Very few heads of IT would actively choose to run separate business software systems across their various departments and offices, and yet this is exactly the situation that the majority must struggle with as the unintended consequence of mergers, acquisitions and expansions during the financial good times.
It is a situation that places a huge demand on already hard-pressed IT teams due to the extra work generated in areas such as backup and disaster recovery, version upgrades and the management of user profiles and databases.
Operating such an unwieldy system can damage a company's prospects during a fragile recovery when agility, scalability and efficiency are the watchwords for any firm seeking to remain competitive. The question is, how do you get from there to here?
With reference to a Computing survey of IT decision makers and real-world case studies, a panel of experts will seek to identify the common factors in transforming typical disparate and dysfunctional IT software into a unified, smooth-running system by automating repetitive tasks, consolidating data in centralised repositories, and integrating front- and back-office functions.
What you will learn from the web seminar:
- How to plan for consolidating your business software
- The benefits of storing data in a central data warehouse
- The cost savings possible through consolidation
- Choosing the best technology for your business
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