SOURCE: Bruce Boyers Marketing Services

June 18, 2008 14:28 ET

How to Make the IT Department Look Fantastic From the Top

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Ever wonder what goes on at the top, up there in those closed off executive penthouse offices? The imagination can go wild. Does the CEO and his or her cronies really sit around an enormous desk sipping martinis, casually making decisions that are going to have life-and-death impacts on the employees, after which they go off and have a round of golf and laugh joyously at their outrageous fortunes?

Maybe some do -- but if you were to catch them in their more private moments, most are spending an awful lot of time gnawing at their fingernails and worrying over profit-and-loss statements, wondering where in the corporation to invest more money and where to cut it, knowing it's not just their jobs on the line but the entire company. It's a heavy load to carry on one's shoulders and average employees might have their eyes opened at just how big a load it is.

When evaluating a market segment, a division, a department or even an employee for future consideration the prime index executives pay attention to is return-on-investment (ROI). For the money the company puts in, what are they going to get out?

IT expenses are a large portion of a corporation's budget. Hence a CEO, CFO or any other executive is going to be watching them closely. When the executives get that monthly or quarterly report on expenditures, will it be obvious that the IT department is being smart and getting a good ROI?

A key way to make sure IT looks great is to do everything possible to maximize performance all across the enterprise and make that hardware lasts as long as possible before needing replacement. Basic to both of those key elements is defragmentation, as file fragmentation will cripple performance and shorten hard drive life more than any other single factor.

But the key to making defragmentation really work is the choice of the defragmentation technology itself -- and in today's frantic business computing environment, the only technology that really does the trick is fully automatic. Requiring no scheduling at all, this technology works invisibly, in the background, defragmenting with otherwise-idle resources to make sure performance is always at peak and hardware always lasts for its expected lifetime or longer.

So let the executives fret and worry over other departments. Automatic defragmentation will insure maximum ROI from defragmentation, the computer system, and from the IT department itself. And they will notice!

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