Todd Bone

Todd Bone
Todd is the founder and president of XS International.
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Top 3 reasons why IT Procurement, Data Center Ops, and ITAM should collaborate

From our past blogs, you’ve likely begun to understand Hardware Lifecycle Management, as well as the fiscal impacts from adopting a Hybrid Hardware Support model.

XSi Blog: Healthcare IT - Best Practices in Hardware Lifecycle Management

 

Why are Data Center Ops Experts Now So Rarely Involved in Hardware Support Vendor Vetting?

Why has hardware support vendor vetting been reduced to a “price-only” methodology? Is “uptime” and MTTR no longer important?

What really happened over the last ten years? Prior to current practices, data center hardware and hardware infrastructure experts were heavily involved in the procurement of hardware support – particularly when it applied to independent support for post-warranty hardware assets. During the vetting process, it was you who asked the really good questions and absolutely knew how to mitigate risk for mission-critical assets. You knew well how to discern critical from non-critical assets. You knew the questions to ask to ensure vendors being vetted had established:

Explore the FACTS Around Counterfeit Hardware & Parts – The OEMs are Building Only Half the Picture

Do you believe everything the OEM says about the independent market for data center hardware and parts? Critical thinking and reviewing the facts can save millions from IT budgets!

Why Aren’t IT Asset Management Teams Focusing on IT Hardware Assets?

As a relatively new addition to many Enterprise IT departments, ITAM teams have come a long way since their origins in the early to mid-2000s.

Healthcare IT: Discovering Gold within the Independent IT Support Community

You may not be completely familiar with this concept, but there exists a small (but, rapidly growing) industry of independent IT support providers all around the world. They are NOT the OEM, nor are they fiscally attached to any OEM. Such independence permits this unique industry to be free from OEM tech refresh strategies or any other sales tactic that does not directly serve your healthcare organization’s best interests.

Right to Repair is already hurling into action in 2019


Just three weeks into the new year, Right to Repair laws are being proposed across the country. These laws would restore our ability to fix the things we own by making parts, manuals, and diagnostic software available to consumers and independent repair shops. The fight is being waged coast-to-coast, with small mom-and-pop shops up against some of the most
profitable corporations in the history of the world.

Over the last few years, the rag-tag Right to Repair coalition has scored a number of victories: legalizing cell phone unlocking in Congress, getting the FTC to rule “warranty void if removed” stickers null and void, and convincing the US Copyright office to grant a number of repair exemptions to federal copyright law. And in 2018 alone, Right to Repair made groundbreaking headway on the state level: 19 states introduced Right to Repair legislation—a big uptick from 12 repair-friendly states in 2017.

What Cisco isn't telling you about Cisco Smart Licensing

Cisco is rolling out their new Smart Licensing System (Cisco FAQ) that looks very concerning as it will give the keys to your Cisco device to Cisco.

The Disaggregation of Cisco IOS and Juniper Junos Operating Systems from their Hardware!

We have been hearing rumblings for the last year that Cisco wants to become known as a software company, which means they would unbundle their Operating System sale from the hardware sale.

Nation's largest electronics recycling company support Right to Repair!

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