In the not so far distant past the world was roaring, and “rolling in the dough” so to speak; and third party IT maintenance was not very high up on the food chain. But lately, there hasn’t been as much “dough rolling,” and many organizations are turning to 3rd party IT maintenance to accommodate severe budget constraints and reductions in capital expenditures. Companies have been forced to retain equipment for longer periods of time, and organizations are doing more with less. What they are finding out is with third-party IT maintenance they can actually limit their service expenditures without compromising uptime or performance.
While 2012 was nothing short of a technology miracle, 2013 promises to be even better. A few months back we posted an article on the extraordinary job Cisco did at the Olympics this summer as the official network provider. In fact, more than 4.8 billion people watched the event, with digital viewers outnumbering traditional television viewers for the first time in history, clearly showing how technology dependent we have all become. Undoubtedly, the impressive technology trend will continue in 2013.
A global economy has created a more complex acquisition environment for today’s buyers. A global economy means vendors (distributors, wholesale direct, retailers, authorized and independent resellers) all have access to global supply meaning better prices, but this also means there are more vendors to vet as potential suppliers.
The Service Industry Association on behalf of its members and users of Sun Microsystem equipment filed a complaint in February this year with all 50 states Attorneys General and the European Union about what it considers as Oracle, Inc.’s anti-competitive policies pertaining to hardware maintenance of Oracle’s Sun Microsystems Products.
(This is part 1 of a complete series on Budget Planning in 2011 and beyond)
With a new calendar year comes a new fiscal year, a new set of goals and budget challenges for every department in your organization. While CTOs, CIOs, CFOs, and other c-level executives are working together to maintain or improve vital business services, many of the executives focusing on IT budgets make the understandable mistake of limiting their analysis to capital investments and purchasing decisions. However, more progressive professionals, those looking to get more control over their costs in the long term, are looking to other expenses to keep matters under control.
IT operating budgets continue to stagnate or shrink, decisions makers in the IT world are looking at independent IT dealers as a way to cut both investment and maintenance costs. They’re continuing to find that OEM solutions, while robust, are often cumbersome and expensive. But, as purchasers and managers begin to survey the independent IT dealer market, their commitment to third party or alternative vendors can begin to waver. Letting go of brand loyalties can be difficult, even if you know that it is holding your organization back. There are excellent alternatives for the more expensive brands including: IBM, HP, Sun, SGi, Cisco equipment and others.