eBay’s DSE — Making IT Efficiency a True Business Metric

There’s a change in the way businesses look at energy efficiency today. From an IT conversation is becoming a business conversation. eBay is leading the way, yet RampRate continues to play a part in this massive shift by embedding that new language and metrics at higher levels in each organization we work with. Look at the groundbreaking live results on eBay’s Digital Service Efficiency –DSE- Dashboard.

by Tony Greenberg and Alex Veytsel

It’s not often that we get to be a part of something big and are able to talk about it. Sure, we negotiated groundbreaking deals for some of the biggest streaming events at the dawn of online video, saved buyers  hundreds of millions in IT spend, and enabled the coolest online games to be available worldwide. But between confidentiality agreements and letting our clients take the credit, there’s not much fame for RampRate. We have always boiled down IT  to nuts and bolts and simplified measurements, always asking the question for our clients- How much are you saying that strategic thing costs? Now the language will be properly socialized amongst key stakeholders in every executives place at the table. Consensus drives decisions and today  IT decisions become more actionable and measurable.

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CSRHub Scores Join RampRate’s SPY Index

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Scores Will Drive Triple Bottom Line in IT, Data-Center Vendor Choice

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. May 16, 2012 – RampRate Sourcing Advisors, the premier sourcing advisor for IT infrastructure and cloud computing, has integrated CSRHub’s corporate-social-responsibility scores into its proprietary SPY Index decision hub, enriching it so that IT decision makers can evaluate how well vendors align with their corporate environmental, social, and community values.  VIEW PRODUCT HERE

 “CSRHub’s scores are an important addition to the SPY Index, taking the IT industry’s most comprehensive data set on services, prices and quality levels into a new dimension,” said RampRate CEO Tony Greenberg. “Now, we’ll also evaluate providers’ environmental and energy-conservation efforts and other factors, truly measuring total cost of ownership (TCO) and evaluating vendor impacts on your company’s triple bottom line.”

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Future of IT Sourcing Negotiations


By Alex Veytsel- One of the panels I most regret missing at Data Center Dynamics annual London show last week, where our CEO spoke was a discussion of the future of data centers in 10-20 years. Fortunately I got to participate in the prep session for it in the speaker’s lounge, where brilliant folks like Ian Bitterlin, David Gauthier, and Ed Ansett kicked around ideas ranging from the pragmatic to the futuristic under the steady guiding hand of Ambrose McNevin (and I hope I got a shout-out if there was mention of pendulums or whale oil). Which got me to thinking – whether the amount of change is great or small, how will the way services are bought change over that time? What will be the sourcing process in 10 years?

The short answer: buyers will demand more transparency; vendors will give them just enough to continue finding more margin and feed the sales machine; and sourcing advisors will build a toolset to fit the right service for your business more automatically, with more just-in-time adjustment.

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Lean As A Mindset – Da Syzygy of IT?

It Aint Easy Being Green

Everything is about to change. Wow. A fluid market is starting to take place right before our eyes. Syzygy of software hardware and services, bundled into a piece of joy loosely labeled cloud. RampRate was founded to help companies cut IT costs, both supplier and user. For a decade, we’ve worked with hundreds of IT suppliers and advised many of the world’s biggest media, entertainment, finance and tech companies on these issues. I  always loved that Geico ad, but I  never realized the vendors AND  the clients would be happy post-RampRate cost chopping.

So you can imagine how delighted I was to read a smart little piece like this one from Chris Crosby, about cutting costs by moving to a highly standardized approach to data center construction. Yes, thats where the actual cloud lives and breathes.

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