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September 18, 2023

Top Tech Tips For Saving Money & Time

What does it take for IT managers to save money? Whether they're looking to minimize cloud storage costs, gain computing speed, or maximize the power of every budget dollar, planning is the first step in the battle to slash spending. Of course, there's no one solution for all the different kinds of companies, management styles, and situations. Still, some tips and strategies apply to a large number of scenarios and are worth investigating. Data hoarding is a relatively common bad habit among those at all levels and in multiple departments of modern organizations.

Learning how to eliminate the practice can deliver excellent returns. Likewise, IT pros can win the battle of speed and cost cutting by optimizing every Databricks cluster on a given project. Likewise, there are dozens of cloud-related tactics that also serve to bolster budgets. Among them are efforts to write speedier code, reduce the footprint of RAM (News - Alert), say goodbye to unneeded data, use low-resolution video, and engage in the fine art of archiving data that is past its prime. Here are details about some of the most worthwhile money saving and time saving suggestions.

Gain Speed and Cost Reduction By Optimizing Databricks Clusters

Fortunately, there are plenty of worthwhile approaches for optimizing Databricks clusters, which can lead directly to a healthier bottom line and better overall speed. Time is money, so any strategy that enables optimization of DCs should get a closer look from managers and group leaders. The beauty of the most popular tips is that they're easy to use. Tracking costs, sharing clusters, and shutting off the ones you don't need are three of the most potent tactics in current usage. Anyone familiar with Databricks knows how simple it is to apply the auto termination command and shut off any clusters that are not currently being used.

It's a matter of common sense, like turning off lights when you leave a room. Auto terminate gives users total control by letting them determine the amount of time after which a particular cluster will terminate. Likewise, cluster sharing works well when your organization has varying data needs among its teams. Finally, it's imperative to track costs along the way. Keeping an eye on total usage and spending is an excellent way to shore up the budget. Using the DB audit function is the wisest way to oversee your activities and their related prices.

Low-Resolution Images

What's true in the retail market is sometimes applicable for business owners: keeping video and photo resolution as low as possible can translate into major savings. Not only is storage less costly, but the cost of exfiltration is also on the low end of the spectrum. On the user side, the app works faster and more efficiently. Many managers have discovered that minimizing static images is the most efficient technique of all, but only when the overall quality is not impacted in an obvious way. Consider using proprietary tool kits that allow you to use low-resolution and small image thumbnails to maintain low storage and exfiltration costs across the board.

Speedy Code

If you're on the development side of the operation, chances are you don't give a ton of thought to creating optimized code. That's understandable, but the habit can become a costly one. Even small amounts of coded programming lines add up when your organization performs billions of runs per month or year. Check codes with the intention of noting which parts are running slower than they should. Then, optimize to your heart's content, with the goal of creating efficient rewrites whenever possible.

Small Footprints For RAM

When it comes to cloud storage pricing, RAM usage is of central importance. It's usually true that companies' costs rise in direct proportion to the size of their RAM data storage needs. What can programmers do about the dilemma? For one thing, they can keep as little data in the memory as possible. Luckily, most of today's streamed algorithms don't need to load every file into memory to do their jobs. Additionally, paying close attention to your teams' consumption of RAM can turn pokey algorithms into fast ones.

Deleting Unneeded Data

Are you the kind of person who likes to stash old data and info files away just in case you'll have a use for it in the future? If so, join the pack rat club and get ready to change your ways. Of course, if you have abundant amounts of storage space and are the owner of the hardware, feel free to build up a huge cache of data. Otherwise, if you use a cloud-based solution, all that space costs money. Consider reviewing files and eliminating entire collections that no longer serve a relevant purpose. Keep in mind that getting rid of massive files can reduce cloud-related expenses. Set aside a few minutes each day to examine storage with an eye toward trashing unneeded items.

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