Large organizations routinely spend 30 percent too much on data center software, Compass data shows, a figure that represents close to six percent of total data center cost.

"Data centers are perhaps the most mature and efficient operational tower within IT infrastructure," says Compass senior consultant Scott Feuless. "Areas such as personnel productivity, hardware acquisition, storage and utilization are honed to a razor's edge. Nonetheless, significant performance gaps persist in the area of software spend."

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