Posted On: June 24, 2013

How to Reduce Operations Costs Associated with JD Edwards Infrastructure Technology

In today’s competitive business climate, companies that optimize their information technology platforms can reap a slew of benefits that reduce operations costs.

For JD Edwards customers, there are a host of opportunities for you to enhance your ERP system’s capabilities while enjoying a higher return on investment and a lower total cost of ownership.

If you’re implementing or upgrading your JD Edwards software, here are five ways you can contain your infrastructure and operations costs and get a more rapid return on your ERP investment.

1. Form a Strategic JD Edwards Partnership
Businesses that depend on their JD Edwards ERP systems can gain a competitive advantage by partnering with a JD Edwards managed service provider (MSP) that has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience with the system, but that also understands how to align the system to address enterprise business goals.

JD Edwards consultants at Syntax can fully exploit application functionality to address your organization’s unique requirements and achieve greater business effectiveness. The result is a complete end-to-end solution that not only works, but works better for every segment of your business.

2. Consolidate & Virtualize
Over the last few years, data centers have made remarkable strides in the fields of power consumption and data storage. Utilizing power more efficiently within the data center, requiring less equipment and having the ability to store more data, you can achieve higher asset utilization through the combination of consolidation of equipment and virtualization of data.

Like consolidation, virtualization is applicable across many products and services. Syntax is a certified Infrastructure Virtualization Competency VMware partner and offers IT managed services to handle the virtualization of your I&O platforms.

3. Reach for the Cloud
JD Edwards users are continuing to embrace cloud computing solutions. Companies that deploy cloud applications spend, on average, 25% less on personnel and 40% less on consulting. Other top benefits of an ERP- based cloud system include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased scalability
  • Faster deployment times for new applications
  • Ability to rapidly deploy solutions
  • Reduction of data center energy consumption
  • Increased savings through standardization and consolidation.

By utilizing a cloud environment like the flexible and scalable iSeries cloud , you can create an IT department that is focused on your company’s bottom line. Syntax offers managed private and shared LPAR services for clients to leverage, with the benefit of a predictable monthly fee.

4. IT Multisourcing
Infrastructure & Operations are where approximately 50% of an IT staff spends their time. Activities can include maintenance, tech support, upgrades, emergency repair and more. As you implement more business applications, and install the servers they run on, your IT infrastructure only grows more complex.

IT leaders can make separate sourcing decisions for virtually any I&O component, system or function. At Syntax, our focus is on helping re-allocate IT resources to more strategic initiatives.

The key decision criteria are:

  • Controlling the aspects that are of strategic and critical importance to the business
  • Playing to the strength of available staff
  • Defining clear lines of demarcation
  • Keeping the number of vendors involved to a small, manageable number
  • Determining what makes solid financial sense.

By streamlining these processes, your business can improve service management and quality, reduce operating costs and achieve top-line growth and bottom-line performance.

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