When CIOs and IT managers start wondering about how to effect Lean Improvement and cut wastes in their departments, the big possibility is lying right under their very own noses – Software Licenses!
Many large companies, and even medium sized companies these days, have volume licensing with companies like Microsoft. When a new employee joins, quite often there is a new PC and all desktop software like Office and sometimes diagramming tools, graphic design tools and project management software may be installed on this machine, each one taking a license off the approved list of licenses that company has with the vendor.
Unfortunately, the ugly, unspoken truth of many companies is that when the employee leaves, the disk is formatted and the PC may be recycled for another employee with installation taking one more license all over again!
With hardware it is even worse. Of course, 5 year or even a 3 year old computer hardware is hardly useful but the amounts of money spent on buying new hardware while another department is cutting back on employees and freeing hardware is often is not considered carefully.
Many large companies are implementing Asset Management software that can reclaim and reuse hardware and software wherever they can and that’s a very useful Lean Improvement project that one can undertake.
In fact there are many vendors like Redbeam that can serve even smaller companies cut waste in IT departments, especially on Hardware and Software that need not be spent money on!
Make less, buy less, use less, throw away less. - Akiko Busch