Novell unveils technology assessment program

Novell is expected to announce a consulting assessment program Wednesday to help managers save on IT expenditures.

Called Rapid Technology Rationalization (RTR), the assessment is the second of the company's JumpStart programs aimed at IT organizations in large enterprises. RTR is one of the results of the merger of Novell with IT consulting firm Cambridge Technology Partners Inc.

A customer, typically one with over US$1 billion in annual revenues, could save several million dollars, Novell claims, by engaging Novell to assess its organization in the following areas: excess network capacity, excess hardware, cost of internal and external data, proliferation of applications and tools, including license use or redundancy, unfavorable or poorly managed vendor contracts, support processes, provisioning, and desktop management. A team of three or four consultants will look at each area the customer contracts for and determine where in the customer's organization inefficiencies exist, equipment is not well utilized or money can be saved.

For instance, Novell will review vendor contracts to determine if they are necessary, if the equipment they cover is still operational and how to save money in supporting equipment.

In the category of provisioning and desktop management, Novell tools such as eDirectory and ZENworks for Desktops will be recommended. In other areas, where Novell determines that other non-Novell products are better for the customer, those products will be recommended.

The company talks of one unidentified customer who contracted for an assessment with it. As a result of an RTR-like program from Cambridge, the company saved over $1 million in IT expenditures by consolidating its servers.

The length of the RTR assessment varies depending on the size of the organization, the categories picked and the number of locations. Typically, the assessment takes at least three weeks.

RTR ranges from $50,000 to $150,000, depending on the number of categories chosen.

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