Consolidation is a common term with Information Technology (IT) departments, it is often used by CIOs and set as a goal for IT departments. While consolidation is a valuable goal, IT departments need to focus less on the concept of Consolidation, and more on setting good, long term habits for the department around hardware purchases, reuse and elimination of assets. Consolidation makes for a good short-term project with defined end dates and targets. What is more critical for IT departments, is to embrace the concept of Return on Investment (ROI) and ensure that any solution deployed has a solid ROI for the business and properly factors in all costs for the life-cycle of the purchase. The more focus on long term planning and ROI calculations, the fewer times an organization will find itself in a place that it fells it must start a Consolidation project. By using the ROI calculations during all projects it ensures the IT portion of the business is as efficient as possible.