IT industry representative body, Software Queensland, has called on businesses to rationalise their use of software during the economic downturn.
Software Queensland secretary, Glenn Irvine, said when organisations were scaling back operations and focusing on cost reductions, it was a good time to look at software operations.
“During a period of growth, many organisations grow through acquisitions, and as a result inherit a range of systems,” Irvine said.
“We find there are a lot of projects, such as rationalisation, that an organisation wants to do, but is too busy from day-to-day to do during growth periods. Now is a good time for companies to look at their web presence, and update that if it is becoming outdated.”
This preparation would set up organisations to take advantage when the economy began to pick up again, Irvine claimed
The public sector and manufacturing were two sectors that would particularly benefit from software rationalisation, he said. Outsourcing and software-as-a-service were other areas that organisations could look at to improve efficiencies.
“Developers tied to suffering verticals are also suffering, but generalised ones are doing quite well – there’s no great cause for concern just yet,” Irvine said.