After finishing up that last piece of fudge, devouring stuffing, and consuming all of the other goodies from the holidays, I started to think about New Year’s resolutions and how my life would change in January. I have big plans to cut back on calories, exercise more, and come up with a home filing system that is much more effective than sometimes shoving items in drawers just because those were the only places left with room in which to put those things.


When it comes to resolutions, I’m sure I am not alone. Just take a look how crowded health clubs are each January. In fact, losing weight and improving fitness rank among the top resolutions that people make each year. And if they need extra help in meeting their goals, some people hire personal trainers. Other popular resolutions include spending less money after the sticker shock of those holiday credit cards sets in. But what about IT resolutions? Here are some to consider:


1. Plan for the cloud.

It’s important to understand why you are moving to the cloud, so think about the business objective you want to achieve before you finalize your planning process.  Some of the actions you may want think about include making sure you have a single-sign-on architecture that can be easily replicated for both “on-premise” and “off-premise” applications. You should also be able to procure infrastructure capacity in advance of demand and be able to routinely monitor and manage how you utilize existing assets.


2. Reduce IT costs.

Look for more ways to automate various processes that had been done manually. Identify how using the cloud will help your organization reduce costs through standardization and by maintaining fewer resources. Put more focus on Business Service Management, which can help you reduce costs by simplifying and automating processes across distributed, mainframe, and cloud environment. This lets you prioritize work based on business needs.


3. Get help when you need it.

Cloud implementations, in particular, are done in phases. Leverage the expertise of global services consultants familiar with three key phases: cloud service design, cloud operations definition, and cloud process business planning. These steps involve doing an audit to identify the infrastructure and application dependencies, and other actions you need to take. These experts can help you reach your objectives faster and more effectively.


4. Strengthen your focus on best practices.

The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) best practices offer guidance for success with IT service management.  Use software or SaaS models with built-in best practices based on ITIL.


5. Think SaaS first.

If you haven’t been thinking about taking a SaaS-first approach for application portfolio management, now is the time to consider it. The SaaS vendor is responsible for building hosting, operating, and maintaining the SaaS products. This can enable you to reduce the size of your data center and achieve savings in many areas.


I’m sure I can think of many more resolutions, but I’ve gotta’ grab that extra slice of pizza before the new year begins.  In the meantime, here are some BMC thought leadership articles from experts that cover the resolutions discussed here in more detail:


Countdown to Cloud: What It Really Takes to be Cloud-Ready

Reach Beyond ERP Systems for Managing IT Service Costs, Financial Planning, and Budgeting

Cloud Planning and Design--Your Road Map to Success

A SaaS-First Approach to Application Portfolio Management

Five Benefits of Evaluating Service Management Software for ITIL Compliance