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I spent nearly two decades designing and implementing IT systems for major global businesses.

So suffice to say, I got to see where the money goes. And where does it go?

After 20 years in this space, I’ve witnessed the majority of companies spend ~ 70% of their IT budget on just keeping the lights on.

“We’ve saved major clients between 60% and 70% in IT spending, through a more effective strategy, in how they manage the systems they cannot transform “

So, every year they paid the same people and the same vendors the same amount of money, if not more, to maintain existing and outdated IT systems. The other ~30% maybe, and I mean maybe, went on future IT investment that drove competitive advantage for the firm, in line with key Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

This made and makes no business sense, whatsoever. And IT needs to be about business. So, when we decided to do something about it, Zarrdia was born in 2016. In less than three years, we’ve hired more than 30 IT experts, taken on more than a dozen major clients from international household brands to government agencies, financial services and national hospital groups, and in our first full year of business we generated €1.5m in revenue.

But it’s not really about us, because in IT, it needs to be about you. Our approach is different. We sit down with clients and think, before we build or run anything. The “Thinking” or our benchmark as we call it, leads us to one of two places; either we improve on their current systems, take them cloud native or both (see my post last week on what that jargon actually means).

But the impact of either of those two steps is this:

– We’ve saved major clients between 60% and 70% in IT spending, through a more effective strategy, in how they manage the systems they cannot transform

– For those areas they can transform, we’ve sped up their operation using Cloud Native, meaning clients take new products or amendments on products to market, in six weeks as opposed to six months for example

When it comes to IT, always ask yourself does this make business sense? And always make sure the advice you’re getting is independent – lots of IT firms have partners and they sell their clients, you, their partners’ products. But again, does that make business sense to you?

Want to see if we can bring a fresh approach to your IT Budget? Contact our team at [email protected] or on +353 1 5136136

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