Over a period of time, installed assets change. They can be upgraded, refreshed, replaced, de-installed, become obsolete or moved. Asset tracking and management is typically in multiple spreadsheets in disparate locations. If assets are not properly tracked, problems will incur with time.
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.
If you’re connected to what’s going on in the world at all you’ve probably heard there is a hurricane brewing just off the coast of Florida and headed straight for the Republican National Convention! Well, maybe. As I was watching the news last night, listening to the latest updates and predictions of where tropical storm Isaac was headed, my own thoughts likewise started brewing. An idea began to formulate about how similar IT network maintenance and hurricanes really are!
If it wasn't common knowledge before that Cisco and other big OEMs force customers into buying new equipment before ready or corner them into OEM maintenance contracts, it may be now. The Wall Street Journal posted the following yesterday June 26, 2012 bringing to the attention of the public just what big OEM's like Cisco are trying to do...
If you haven’t heard of it yet and you’re in computer networking, it’s likely that you will soon. Software-defined networking (SDN) is taking the industry by storm and promising to change the way computer networks are managed in the future. It’s refashioning the data center and creating an onset of start-ups that are forcing old-guard vendors like Cisco and Juniper to scurry to keep up.