It’s that time of the year – IT departments are either trying to finish up their 2022 projects and/or planning for 2023 and budgets never seem to be enough to accomplish the goals that were set. There are many strategies out there to help stretch that budget. Let us share with you some common ones.
Invest in Certified Pre-Owned Hardware
The pre-owned IT equipment market can provide significant savings on hardware and reduce lead time with no quality tradeoffs. Enterprises that utilize secondary market hardware realize savings of 50 to 90 percent (depending on the desired gear). Remember that refurbished doesn’t mean damaged or broken hardware. In fact, OEMs spot test equipment before it ships and most resellers of refurbished equipment test every single piece, performing board-level inspections and fully functional load testing of all incoming pre-owned equipment. Remember to always look for a lifetime warranty from your vendor.
Partner with a Professional Services Provider
Utilizing professional services from a trusted, reliable partner can save you time and money. The right partner will help you with everything from network architecture to deployment to the decommissioning of that equipment. That includes site audits, staging and configuration services, deployments, installations, on-site break-fix, staff augmentation, and even warehouse services.
Since these partners are vetted and experts in their field, you have the peace of mind that your project will get done right the first time and won’t have to burden your internal staff with remote and/or complex projects freeing them up to focus on running your business.
Extend the Life of Your Current Hardware
Maintenance and support costs can eat up as much as 15 to 25 percent of an enterprise’s annual IT budget. Third-party maintenance (TPM) is a great option to extend the life of your IT assets once they have become EOL/EOSL. Using TPM over OEM support can help you reduce your maintenance costs by 30 to 60 percent. TPM providers can create customized solutions, with custom contract terms (monthly and multi-year), flexible support program types – part and/or tech to site, customized SLAs and the ability to terminate without penalty.
Choosing the Right IT Partner
Working with an IT solutions partner can help stretch your IT budget and save you time. From procuring and deploying to maintenance and disposal of equipment, make sure your reseller has you covered.