When IT procurement professionals are proactively seeking cost containment and vendor reduction in their 2020 objectives, one of the strategies should include a focus on hardware (data center and/or networking) operational expense, and the proven value propositions of the independent hardware support marketplace. Many of us in this independent support industry, as well as Gartner analysts, have found that standardized RFPs too often include components/questions that don’t apply. Yet, almost all RFPs for hardware maintenance are severely lacking the core elements that would help balance cost reductions with minimized risk. In fact, these RFPs are often two-dimensional and enable misrepresentation and sub-par service. Help us, help you! This three-part blog is designed to educate, while drawing greater attention to internal best practices, critical RFP elements, asset prioritization and a reduced cost without sacrifice to necessary service.