You've seen what SQL Monitor can do for you. You've seen how it can help you keep track of your SQL Server estate. You've seen how it can help you troubleshoot performance problems, save you time each day and help you add value to the business elsewhere.
But one potential barrier is your boss. After all, they have an obligation to make sure new software is purchased responsibly and budget is spent effectively. You need to convince them why SQL Monitor is right for your company, not just for you.
There are two things your boss will want to know:
Let's see how to answer these questions.
There'll be three costs to your business:
The SQL Monitor sales team can help you with the initial costs and, importantly, ongoing support and maintenance (make sure you ask other suppliers about this, too). They can give you a bespoke quote based on your needs and your SQL Server environment.
For the infrastructure costs, take a look at the Hardware and performance guidelines for SQL Monitor so you know what you need to get the most out of it. You might already have everything in place, but it's worth checking.
This is the part your boss will be most interested in. What are the benefits and how can you quantify them?
Whether you use a SQL Server monitoring tool or not, you need to monitor your servers. Otherwise, it's easy to miss critical performance problems.
Without a tool, you'll have to run a number of scripts and checks on each server every day. It can easily take 10 minutes per server to run these checks, even if you don't have to deal with any problems.
If you're looking after a larger number of servers, this time quickly adds up. How much is your time worth? This is a good way to demonstrate the time a monitoring tool will save you and your team each day.
Anna has 20 SQL Servers. It takes her 10 minutes a day to check each server. That's 200 minutes (just over three hours) per day just to run basic checks.
Anna is paid $59 per hour, which means checking the servers costs $196 each day. That's $49,196 for 251 working days in a year. Over a three year period, the figure jumps to $147,588.
|Manual costs||Anna's time|
If Anna buys SQL Monitor for all 20 of her servers it'll cost her $50,400 for the subscriptions and the support and upgrades over three years (she doesn't need to purchase any new hardware).
Using SQL Monitor cuts her daily checks from three hours to 10 minutes. Over three years, checking SQL Server with SQL Monitor will cost the company just $7,404 in Anna's time.
|Costs with SQL Monitor||Anna's time||SQL Monitor subscriptions, with support & upgrades||TOTAL|
|Manual costs||SQL Monitor costs + Anna's Time||Saving|
Anna's company could save over $85,000 across three years in Anna's time alone, but that's not the end of the story. Her company gains an extra 836 hours of Anna's time each year. Instead of being tied up with repetitive monitoring tasks, she can get on with other important projects that will really help her business succeed. The net value of using a monitoring tool could be far over the $85,000 mark.
Plus, when you monitor your company's servers effectively, you gain further benefits: better performance, less risk of unplanned outages, and a simpler audit process.
You've done your homework and calculated the current cost of manually monitoring your servers. You've got a quote for SQL Monitor and worked out how much money your company will save by using it. You have seen how much more productive you can be, realized the value you can add to your company, and shown how SQL Monitor can help you keep your systems working and make sure your company is as efficient as possible.
Now's the time to go and have that conversation with your boss and let them know why SQL Monitor is not just going to benefit you, but your whole company.