IA-Capacity Planning forms part of a genuine resource control approach. It enables you to decide a development plan for your workstation fleet. This plan is in line with the real needs of your users and not just accounting obsolescence.
IA-Capacity Planning proceeds in three phases to identify all the workstations to be changed. Firstly, you specify your levels of hardware resources which must not be exceeded and satisfaction of business requirements to be achieved. Then, you collect the related indicators over a reference period applied to a sub-group, or even the whole fleet. Lastly, you validate your investment plan based on factual data in line with your business strategy.
IA-Capacity Planning takes into account the effective utilisation of the resources, determining the suitability of the workstations. The levels of control may be different depending on the users’ businesses and incorporate as standard:
The technical review may be reduced for a sub-group of typical workstations, or exhaustive covering the whole fleet. The review period is variable based on your specifications. The collection is transparent and does not require any manual operation.
IA-Capacity Planning adapts simply to your workstation management strategy.
No longer only based on accounting obsolescence, the replacement of your workstations is linked directly to their effective utilisation. Thanks to IA-Capacity Planning, you make decisions on your resource management policy based on factual information. You retain operational equipment and only replace those which no longer meet your needs.
The replacement of the workstation fleet is therefore no longer only limited to accounting obsolescent but linked to actual requirements. The business may thus decide to:
Without having reliable and objective information, the manager of the workstation fleet usually relies only on accounting obsolescence. Regardless of the requirements, amortised equipment is systematically replaced, thereby scrapping equipment which is still operational. With IA-Capacity Planning, a genuine Resource Management approach allows the manager to address the subject professionally and efficiently.
The observation of the fact that workstations continue to be able to provide the expected service avoids unnecessary replacement. In certain cases, the installation of additional resources, such as a memory extension or a new screen enables continued nominal use of workstations which would have been replaced as obsolete in accounting terms. The capital investment capacity of the business for genuinely necessary requirements is therefore not restricted for no reason.
Not replacing a still-operational PC is the best way of reducing our ecological impact. The increased energy efficiency provided by a new workstation is not sufficient, far from it, to offset the energy consumption related to its manufacture and transport to Europe (to emit as much greenhouse gas as the manufacture of a complete workstation in Asia, it would be necessary to use it in France for 70 years!).
A PC is generally upgradable – we can add components or change some of them. As a priority, the addition of memory or a change of hard disk provides for a reduction in unnecessary wastage. As a reminder, the manufacture of a new workstation consumes 950 kWh of electricity, 1500 litres of water, almost 20 kg of chemical products and generates 940 kg of CO2.
The IA-Capacity Planning approach adapts to your specifications, I’m not the reverse. The levels of resource usage and achievement of satisfaction are defined by coherent entities (departments, units, user groups, etc.). The definition of “business satisfaction” is obviously specific to each combination.
The period used as a reference is variable, from a few days to a few months. Lastly, the perimeter analysed is either reduced (limited to already-amortised workstations), or statistical (representative sampling), or global (all the workstations).