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IT Budgeting: 7 Tips When Your Budget Falls Apart

IT budgeting occurs when a company specifically allocates money to specific IT programs within the company. This budget should list funding for all projects and technologies within this department.  Expenses included in an IT budget may include staff salaries, as well as one-time expenses for certain projects. For the most part, companies prepare an annual budget but in certain cases,…

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5 Pain Points of OEM Support (and how to solve them!)

1. High Support Costs Has the OEM cost to maintain your server, storage, or networking equipment steadily increased with each support renewal? Once your hardware hits the 3-year mark, it’s typical to get sticker shock when you receive your renewal quote for OEM support. It’s a common tactic to push you to purchase new equipment. If you are considering replacing…

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5 Things You Should Ask a Vendor When Contemplating a Data Center Hardware Maintenance Agreement

Looking for a new vendor to support your data center can be overwhelming, that is why we created this list of the tops 5 things you should ask a vendor before considering them for the job. Let's get started! 1. How Do You Define Data Center Hardware Maintenance? One of the biggest problems with defining maintenance is that many vendors…

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Tactics to Control Your Maintenance Spend and Fund Other Initiatives

Maintenance is the foundation of risk mitigation in the technical business world. It would be very risky to implement any technology without an effective method to handle equipment failure. Any failure can impact the operational stability of a system. Most businesses expect systems to be operational with minimal downtime. Business projects, technical projects and maintenance projects compete with the basic…

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3 Ways to Recoup Costs in 2014

By Brian Meyers It is the time of the year that all IT guys love. New year, new budgets are overflowing and all that money needs to be spent. How can you maximize your yearly budget? Here are 3 ways to make your yearly budget go further. 1. Go for last year’s gear. For most people brand new is too…

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