In a previous post, we talked about a framework to estimate cost savings from virtual lab automation solutions. The framework estimates time savings (and then translates it into corresponding $ savings) in your specific environment as virtual lab automation solutions can be used to accelerate software delivery and improve software quality. However, we only briefly touched upon the IT lab infrastructure cost savings.
As a continuation to the previous post, the figure below captures the elements of virtual lab management and automation solutions that enable IT cost savings. As a lab administrator / test team manager / software project manager you should be able to estimate the savings in your lab along the two dimensions shown – lab utilization and storage. These are tangible benefits of implementing a virtual lab solution (which are enabled by the features of VLA shown in the green boxes) and the costs savings can be realized from day 1.
With the economic slowdown and the need to achieve more with less, is the software lab an area where you would like to control your costs?
– Srihari Palangala