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IT Printer/Printing Expense Benchmarks
The corporate printing market is in a state of reinvention. Printer and printing expenses as a percentage of the IT budget is trending downward and there has been a dramatic decline in the number of printers per user. With the changing environment, IT organizations that have not reassessed their printing strategies over the past five years should do so. This study establishes three benchmarks that enable organizations to assess their print strategies. The benchmarks include printers per user, printer/printing expenses as a percentage of the IT budget, and printer/printing expenses per user. We examine the five-year trend in these benchmarks as well as variances by organization size and sector. We conclude with recommendations for optimizing printer and printing costs. (16pp., 9 fig.) [Research Byte]
Data Center Spending Benchmarks and the Case for Consolidation
Now that IT operational budgets are on the mend, IT organizations are once again assessing their data center strategies. In this study, we start with an assessment of data center spending and provide benchmarks that enable IT organizations to answer the question: Is our data center spending in line with our peers? Benchmarks include data center spending as a percentage of total IT spending and data center spending per physical server. We also provide benchmarks on virtualization rates and operating system mix. Finally, we demonstrate the potential cost-savings from consolidating data centers and servers to help IT executives make the case for data center consolidation. (26 pp., 16 fig.) [Research Byte]
Measuring IT has always been a challenge for CIOs, yet metrics and benchmarking are the foundation of a good continuous improvement process. Developing IT metrics is an ongoing process that begins with business and IT strategies. This article provides several key points to consider when determining IT metrics that contribute to the bottom line of a business. (3 pp., 3 figs)
2002 IS Staffing Trends in Manufacturing (July 2002)
As in most sectors, there has been a shift in the IS staffing mix in manufacturing firms compared to the prior three-year period according to the 13th annual Information Systems and E-Business Spending study conducted by Computer Economics.
2002 Central IS Budgets as a Percent of Revenue – By Industry (May 2002)
Most sectors have experienced shifts in the percent of revenue spent on their central IS budgets in 2002 according to the 13th annual Information Systems and E-Business Spending study conducted by Computer Economics.