Our takeaway here for businesses is they need to place specific deliverables in place to ensure they get the maximum value from their IT purchases and infrastructure.
In sum, a transformation in thinking is required. In order to keep up with the different trends disrupting the networking equipment market, businesses must begin to focus on both long and short term cost saving strategies.
Rethink Your IT Investment Strategy
Keep what's working. Organizations should take a pragmatic view of their infrastructure and asses which services need to be delivered and what the infrastructure can handle, especially know that networking equipment and IT infrastructure have a longer working life than mere five years.
Be aware! Don't pay for software updates if there are none, or if they are available for free. Maintenance agreements with OEMs are costly and do not always provide proper upgrades for the hardware or software
Put maintenance contracts out for competitive bid. Consider third-party options in addition to those from other resellers.
Put metrics in place to reward value, quality, and longevity, not just resiliency.
The writer is Vice President of the Asia Pacific for Curvature.
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