Stop Fearing Budget Cuts
January 17, 2019 | Budget
Budget cuts have been all too common in university IT departments since ‘08, and the trend of reduced spending doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Budget cuts have been all too common in university IT departments since ‘08, and the trend of reduced spending doesn’t seem to be slowing down. How can your IT department succeed with increased demand and a shrinking budget? Rather than expecting the same approach to bring a different result, you can utilize data to make the most of your current resources.
Whatever your budget, there’s likely room to optimize. Off the top of your head, how many computers go unused on your campus everyday? How many expensive software applications remain unopened for weeks at a time?
Guessing can only get you so far, and those guesses represent dollars in (or out of) your budget. The key to getting the most out of a barely-there budget is data. Usable data. Nobody has time to track lab activity by hand, scour spreadsheets, or fiddle with a home grown solution. And since salaries and staffing aren’t immune to budget cuts, accurate data has got to be easy to gather, primed for decision-making and shareable up the ladder.
That’s where LabStats comes in. What could you do with an extra $1000 in your IT budget? $5,000? $25,000? One customer recently reported that they’d saved more than $40,000 a year in unused software licenses after analyzing usage trends with LabStats. We can go on and on about our origin in a southern Utah computer lab, our 15 year history as a market leader in higher-ed, and our forward-thinking development team, but none of that matters unless it works.
LabStats software is proven to optimize tightening budgets. Just ask Manhattan College, Middle Tennessee State University and Cornell University. Or call a Product Specialist (that’s what we call our friendly sales guys) and set up a walkthrough to see how you can make today’s budget feel more like the glory days.