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Use Atlassian Tools to Manage IT Costs—Not Cut Them

By Elizabeth Clor

Many CIOs and IT leaders spent a significant portion of their 2020 budgets outfitting staff across departments with remote-friendly devices, tools and platforms due to the pandemic. Now that 2021 is well underway, it’s clear some companies will inevitably face the need to cut IT spending or reconsider investing in normally table stakes line items ranging from software license renewals to architecture upgrades. Luckily, Atlassian’s suite of tools are built to help IT leaders mitigate and manage IT-related costs.

Streamlining digital infrastructure

Centralizing and integrating digital infrastructure is a helpful path toward minimizing IT costs. But it’s not as simple as it sounds. In fact, successfully combining and optimizing digital infrastructure—especially with a migration to the cloud is involved—requires advanced planning and front-end investment. Further, IT teams and external partners (if any) need to take an all-hands on deck approach to ensure systems, platforms, tools and plug-ins keep working through the streamlining process.

A cost-effective strategy for IT leaders is to select one prevailing suite of digital tools, like Atlassian’s, that can be centralized through a platform approach—with the added benefit of built-in compliance to industry standards like FedRAMP, HIPAA, PCI DSS, and SOC 2 Type II.

In order to fully streamline IT operations with the help of a centralized suite of tools, like Atlassian’s, and benefit from the process, IT leaders should also consider dropping, or phasing out, costly and less interoperable digital tools and platforms that negatively or neutrally impact team productivity.

Reducing administrative costs

A chief priority for many organizations facing economic and workforce challenges: managing administrative costs and operational efficiency. The reality is that there are costs associated with daily IT work, let alone team inefficiencies, aging infrastructure and incompatible apps or platforms. Every IT task and process, from intensive cloud migrations to quick security patches and support ticket responses, has an administrative price tag.

IT leaders with consistent budget and bandwidth challenges should consider bringing on an external partner, like Contegix, that is fluent in solutions like Atlassian and can provide both professional and managed services to run the day-to-day operations of tools like Jira, Bitbucket and Confluence. An investment in an external partner that understands how to configure and optimize Atlassian’s suite to fit an organization’s specific needs, streamline IT operations and eliminate costly inefficiencies now will deliver ROI for years to come.

Keeping an eye on budget and innovation

According to a recent survey from Harvey Nash and KPMG, cybersecurity and cloud adoption will be the dual budgetary focus for IT leadership in 2021. Further, 43% of respondents believe at least half of their employees will continue to work remotely regardless of whether the pandemic ends next year. For CIOs and IT leaders, turning to Atlassian’s trusted and battle-tested suite of digital solutions, like Confluence or Jira, or cloud deployments, like Data Center or Server, could ensure cost-effective, efficient and streamlined digital operations. Optimizing Atlassian can also allow organizations to introduce agile, affordable infrastructure that complements IT team efforts to navigate diverse demands on company networks, infrastructure and software architecture.

For more information about how Contegix helps clients as the only Atlassian Platinum Partner offering professional services, managed application administration and private and public cloud deployments of Server and Data Center, visit: https://www.contegix.com/atlassian.