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Making IT services Fit Like a Good Shoe | Ramprate
Most sales processes aren't set up to solve a customer's problems -- on the contrary, the primary focus is on closing the deal. We spotted the issue way back in the mid-1990s and found that at least 22% of the capital involved in every deal is spent on sales processes, rather than on client services. It created a hostile situation not only for the buyers, but the sellers as well. Even today, most IT deals are made the old-fashioned way: dubious sales pitches, unenforceable contracts and unsustainable expectations. There had to be a better way, and we devised the right methodology.
The Data Center Industry is in Crisis: Now What | RampRate
Data center prices are getting slashed, and data center investors are feeling the heat as they miss their target ROI. IT infra technologies are changing, and so are the market demands. Facilities are becoming obsolete even before depreciation takes its toll, better cloud options are rolling in, and lock-in period reduction and migration paths are all serving to support easy digital transformation. Digital disruption is on the rise -- and you still believe data centers are a lucrative business? Surely things aren't as good as you think... or not as bad as you imagine. What's the truth?
What happens to IT when the bottom falls out of your revenue base? Oil and gas companies are finding out in a hurry, as commodity prices remain at less than half their peak. Most are not able to extract material cuts / flexibility from their suppliers. Some are slashing and burning essentials. What if you could work with someone who’s been there before? RampRate has helped stabilize IT with flexibility and materially lower costs for struggling industries (e.g. newspapers) and individual companies with major revenue shocks. We can help you cut costs today and prepare for a rebound tomorrow.
Technology Business Management | RampRate
We have CRM for Sales; ERP for manufacturing, CPM for Finance, but what do we have for IT? Why is IT still treated as a low-tech department? Despite IT being the key to all the major process automation projects, it remains neglected for itself. Why can't we run IT like a business to effectively manage technology resources? Aren't modern CIOs saddled with the added responsibility of showing the value of IT to their organizations? To improve ROI visibility, you have to increase the cost visibility. Technology Business Management has solutions, if survival is the question.
Division Manager | Ramprate
Most of the division managers are stuck in a situation where they have to perform within the periphery of company standards, even when they know that it might not be the best way. Most of the CFOs' decisions are strictly based on factual data, making IT budget justification a herculean task. How do you find the right suppliers to get them approved by your CFO? You need to dig as well as present facts and hard data to promote sound decision making, but where do you find them? Do you have what you need to efficiently negotiate IT sourcing contracts in a highly volatile market?
HyperSource.IT Platform | RampRate
You can't measure what you can't see, can you? First of all, see where you are now and then where you want to go. Measure the gap and then develop your transition process to meet your objectives. Success will be yours only if you can find the best-fit target outcome by simultaneously looking at the source and the destination. How about if we can implement the same methodology for IT optimization? Now, my question goes out to all the CTOs, CIOs and CFOs. Do you have, or are you using, any such Big Data Tool, Data Science Technology, or even something more specific?
Mid-Term Contract Alignment Services | Ramprate
Do you believe that technology is changing at the speed of thoughts in today's business environment! Technology advancement comes with huge cost savings, right? What if you finalized a long-term contract and recently heard about a same or similar substitute offered at a price lower than your agreement? You are stuck in a cost web, want to move out, but obligations are holding you back. No worries, we have a cost effective feasible solution. Read full details on how to get rid of such cost webs, even without spoiling your ongoing relationship with the existing providers.
IT strategies Should Deliver Value Without Risk | RampRate
IT should deliver value without risk -- but HOW? Is it through your (often costly) strategic relationships, or because your peers are paying less for the same IT services? Don't you think the solution lies in identifying systemic risks hidden within your IT strategies? Your plan may look good at the conceptual level, but execution may not go according to plan. Problems may be embedded in your geographical location, choice of suppliers, network/power infrastructure and/or cultural/technical mismatch. What you need is just the right solution...
HyperSource.IT! - Sample Inform Report - RampRate
Big Data and Data Science are the lifeblood of CIOs, CTOs, CEOs and CFOs. IT Hypersourcing is on rise given today's innovative IT Infrastructure solutions, but you can only capitalize on it if you know about it. It helps you balance your current spend, service strategy, inventory and performance to hit optimized levels. In light of the ongoing worldwide digital disruption, competition is getting fiercer day by day. If you haven't optimized your resources yet, your very survival could be at risk. Request a free, no-obligation assessment of your IT infrastructure now.
Frictionless IT Infrastructure Evolution - RampRate
IT infrastructure is at the core of digital disruption, right? And, you believe that IT infrastructure itself would be left untouched with the rapid digital transformation going around! Whether it's cloud migration, terminating non-performing suppliers, building new data/voice network or scaling IT infrastructure facilities, adapting to ongoing changes is a must for survival. The pace of change is accelerating, and so are the market frictions, unforeseen risks and costs. If you're still looking for the right strategy, download this whitepaper -- 24% cost savings and 80% faster turnaround can be yours.
Learn how to drive business and IT alignment
Planning to migrate your app workloads to the cloud, but don't know how to benchmark cloud performance per $ value? Most strategic decisions for CIOs, CTOs and CFOs are about assessing and selecting the right cloud provider. You'll need a detailed report on terms, risks, and digital services efficiency versus the most advanced companies in the world to move ahead. Download this cloud hypersourcing datasheet for free, and build your own winning cloud migration strategy. Your cost savings are on the radar -- take aim and hit your target before it's too late.
Telecom Expense Management | RampRate
Most telecom service providers offer a full range of services, even in this age of specialization. Each provider excels in a particular area. Engaging multiple independent suppliers gets us the best pricing, contract terms, and service levels via network services contracts. Billing audits to analyze errors, channel integration and direct negotiations with suppliers is an integral component of an efficient Telecommunication Services Master Contractor model. Read this post to know how can you do it yourself to reduce cost and eliminate inefficiencies.
Russia's Data Localization Law | Ramprate
If you’re providing services to people in Russia, store some personal data, and are not an airline, you have until 9/1/2015 to move that data to a Russian co-lo or cloud provider. Which is harder than it looks – few Western providers operate in Russia, and all suppliers face a highly active regulatory regime as well as potential impact of corruption, sanctions, and capital flight. We’ve solved the puzzle for our clients – check out how.
Making IT Efficiency a True Business Metric | Ramprate
On one hand, the world talks about green energy, while on the other we are rapidly cloudi-fying data centers to take care of our increasing computing demands. Traditional data centers are power hungry and consume almost twice the power as compared to what is needed by computing equipment. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) was the primary statistical tool before we got working with Digital Service Efficiency (DSE) at one of the largest online retailers eBay. Read this wonderful story to know how we helped eBay create new definitions of efficiency, measurement and $Millions in cost saving.
Colocation Site Selection Services | Ramprate
Data Centers! If you own an in-house data center and outsourced, you better understand its profitability implications. Confident enough on choosing a facility which aligns well with your business needs and priorities? It may be an expensive mistake. By the time you realize, it might be too late to make corrective measures. Data center migrations by choosing a new colocation facility isn't easy. Read our 7 steps Colocation Selection methodology to learn the winning rules of this game; its a well researched through dozens of site selection projects globally by RampRate.
IT Efficiency and Waste Quantification - RampRate
How do you forecast usage patterns when purchasing IT services? Is it based on prior contracted capacity, forecasted business objectives and/or risk tolerances? If your answer is yes, then you should know that these are old-school practices. Today, digital disruption is pushing our global economy to adapt the ongoing digital transformation. Smart companies are employing next-generation analytics to perform scenario-based forecasts to measure and calibrate waste based on varied capacity levels. Download this white paper for free to gain deep insights:
Oil prices are hovering around $45 per barrel -- and even the world's biggest oil and gas companies are in deep trouble. Profits are shrinking, and so are the budgets. Many oil and gas companies are already cutting their IT spends -- and now, even more than expected. Now, the focus is shifting away from ROI to ROE; or Return on Existence (mentioned by famous business visionary Geoffrey Moore). Hedges have helped them survive so far, but how long will it last? Being optimistic is great, but what if our assumptions are wrong? Read this white paper on the dire situation in the oil and gas industry.
Precision for IT Sourcing | RampRate
Inform, Interpret, Optimize and Execute are the 4 steps for sound IT sourcing decision making. You should know your optimal SLA terms, performance metrics, accurate supplier score and net cost of compute. Everything looks good so far, but a vague ROI figure means the entire procedure is nothing more than gambling. Gaining such deep insights consumes lots of resources, and by the time you realize that you were on the wrong track, it's too late to turn back. Gambling has no place in the IT Sourcing world -- follow a researched approach, supported with the right tools.
Bulletproof Your Core App Migration to the Cloud | RampRate
Are you going to rip your core apps out of their native hosting environment and plug them to the new cloud environment? Is this your cloud migration strategy?! What will happen to your enterprise's key processes and functions (e.g., inventory, accounts payable, hosting network, support contracts) during this critical transition? Doing your homework before moving your core app workloads to the cloud is essential. Best practice is to create a reference architecture to define various flavors of IaaS, PaaS and service management as well as cloud automation layers.
Best-In-Class IT Sourcing Capabilities | RampRate
Innovation is the heartbeat of modern businesses and modern businesses are going digital. Going digital means relying heavily on IT infra and that is where most of us are missing innovation. Innovative IT sourcing approaches are the need of the hour. Application workload sourcing, cost-of-compute sourcing, real-time IT infrastructure sourcing and, most importantly, custom IT sourcing. If you really want to harness the full power of innovation in our rapidly growing digital economy, you need to change your fundamental IT sourcing strategies. Want to know HOW?
CIOs Eliminate Waste the Smart Cloud|RampRate
Today, cloud computing is one of the best things happening in the ICT industry. Organizations are shifting gear towards cloud computing. By switching your IT infrastructure to cloud computing, are you assured of attaining the predicted cost savings? Straight answer - NO. By merely switching to cloud, you have no guarantee. Although huge cost savings can come your way, if you intelligently shift to smart cloud. Read this post to know the 7 most important steps to a smarter cloud. It is not a theoretical paper, rather some deep insights gained from our practical experience.
Infrastructure Optimization: ITBM’s Last Mile | Ramprate
Do you believe ERP, ITSM, BI, spreadsheets and several other corporate financial systems are capable of establishing a link between technology, finance and its business value! If your answer is yes, then why do we actually fail to allocate the real costs incurred to our IT systems against the values accrued in return? Are we somehow missing the granular cost allocations for establishing value benchmarks against the infrastructure services' contract terms? Are there dedicated infrastructure optimization tools that can complement the ITBM apps? The real story begins when we realize ITBM and ITSM are incomplete - and that story goes here:
DCD as-a-Service conference | Ramprate
Digital Transformation is here. Colocation and cloud service providers have important roles to play in enabling customers' business innovation strategies. How can service providers best support digital business innovation efforts by enterprise CIO customers? A significant part of the solution lies in the major growth trend toward enterprise IT executives outsourcing their IT infrastructure, services and platforms responsibilities. Join us in a plenary panel DCD As-A-Service Conference scheduled in Chicago on Oct. 27-28 to brainstorm, or submit your opinion now @
IT Security - CIOs and CFOs Must Align | RampRate
With the digital economy evolution, security breaches are increasing. The impact: a surge in demand for new IT investments to secure systems. Now, IT, finance and legal departments are joining hands to ensure the security of customer data / sensitive information on priority. Only problem is the increased risk of overspending on securing IT infrastructure, which is troubling all the CTOs, CIOs and CFOs. The need of the hour is to create a balanced path, so as not to drain your bank account, but still get all the security measures in place. Won't it make everyone happy, including customers!
Corporate Social Responsibility | RampRate
Nowadays, corporate social responsibility is considered a brand reputation metric and an organization's responsibility towards our society as well as our environment. Even your smallest decisions and actions can leave a favorable or unfavorable impact on the surrounding environment. When signing a contract with a data center, you may unknowingly get charged for the liability of increasing your carbon footprint... or alternatively, you could enjoy the credit for reducing your carbon footprint. Have you chosen the right service providers as a part of your CSR initiative?
Cloud HyperSourcing | RampRate
Planning to move your IT workload to the cloud? Know which critical business and technology factors to analyze? Public cloud or private cloud? What to manage and which cloud partner? What are the operational, cultural, service-level issues and associated risks? What are the economic impact and TCO implications? Best SLAs, performance, risk profile and cost benefits offered by cloud providers? Above all, how to make strategic decisions for a win-win situation -- and keep CFOs, CEOs, CTOs and CIOs happy? Get answers now -- download our free cloud hypersourcing solution data sheet.
HyperSourcing can help IT budget optimization| RampRate
IT Budget Optimization - get goosebumps just from reading the phrase? One of the most complex decision-making models for most of the CIOs, CTOs and CFOs. Biggest issue: even after equipping ourselves with some of the best ITSM and ITBM tools, we fail to achieve our IT budget optimization targets. Budgets are shrinking, options are confusing and our problems are mounting. It's all because we're missing the ability to identify, map and source key workload requirements straight to their dollar value. Want to know HOW to get that capability in a few simple steps?
It’s a New Ballgame for CIO in the IT Optimization | RampRate
IT Budget Management is the new ball game challenging our CIOs and IT departments. Gone are the days when we had huge teams and big budgets. Now, everything is different from what it used to be a couple of years back. New trends such as Paas, laas, cloud etc. are emerging rapidly, also consuming the entire industry very quickly. For most of the enterprises, quantification of IT budget has become a herculean task. You not only need to learn how to play this challenging ball game, but you also need to learn how to win it by keeping the ball right under your feet.
What’s wrong with IT infrastructure sourcing | RampRate
Per Deloitte, 48% of buyers terminate an outsourced contract; 71% of them for poor quality. But the warning signs are tough to see in advance, so even the best IT and procurement managers can be hoodwinked. Do you know how to sniff out a future disaster in service quality, unexpected fees, or supplier upheaval due to M&A / reorg? Check out our infographic on the top 5 problems with sourcing IT infrastructure – before you sign that contract.
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