BENEFITS OF VIRTUALIZATION
Virtualization isn’t science fiction. In its simplest form, virtualization is server consolidation and the benefits
1. Reduced need for acquiring and maintaining physical hardware. Instead of dishing out hefty up-front costs
for new machines, simply add a new virtual machine without the need for new hardware. With fewer machines,
you can achieve a cleaner, less costly physical server environment. By saving on acquisition costs and the
high power and cooling expenses associated with server sprawl, you reduce the total cost of ownership.
2. Increased server use. Many organizations are using only 10 to 20 percent of existing server processor and
memory capacity. Virtualization enables you to use the full CPU and RAM available with modern servers by
consolidating workloads onto fewer pieces of hardware.
3. Increased uptime. Virtualization provides a highly available platform for your server operating systems and
applications. If server hardware fails, the underlying operating systems and applications running on that
hardware can be automatically moved to other server hardware so you can continue focusing on business
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WHAT THE ANNUAL AUDIT SHOULD TELL YOU
Is your audit just one more task, or one more agenda item at the board meeting with little perceived value?
Whether you are a CFO, CEO or board member at an association, you should use the annual audit process as
a tool to make your association stronger. The following are ways to gain additional value from the annual audit:
• Evaluate your internal reporting based on how quickly the audit report was ready and how many audit
adjustments were made.
• Ask how you compare to other associations in terms of your reserves, compensation plans and other key
• Determine what industry risks you need to be concerned about, such as multi-state tax exposure from
employees at several locations or having an event in Canada. Don’t focus only on the past — identify next
year’s concerns as well.
• Inquire how your internal controls could be strengthened. Look for opportunities to improve even if an error
or weakness was not identified in the past audit.
In today’s environment, it is essential to use your audit and CPA firm as a resource for continuous improvement.