Everyday there is something newer, faster and better than what you have now. That’s the nature of the technology market, however, having the latest and greatest isn’t always the most cost effective. If you have done everything you can to maintain your old equipment and you or your CIO have determined that purchasing new equipment cannot be avoided, we want to make sure that decision is strategic and can be executed in a smooth manner.
This is where your IT partner’s expertise will save you some money and avoid unnecessary issues. They know everything that is going on in your It environment and are knowledgeable about what you need and don’t need. When a business tries to step around their IT provider to purchase equipment in hope of finding a “good deal”, they risk losing time and money if their purchases are not thoroughly researched.
If you are a small to medium size business, we recommend NEVER buying consumer grade machines that you can pick up at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. These machines are for home users and don’t come with the features and resources for a business that demands the most from their technology. Don’t let the price tags mesmerize you.
Your IT partner has trusted relationships with authorized equipment vendors and that gives them access to more inventory which gives you more flexibility in building out your IT environment.
iTSC will configure your new equipment so it is ready to go when you receive it. When you have us deploy your new machines, iTSC will:
If you still want to hunt down deals on your own to save a few $$$, make sure to consult with your IT partner so they can give you a minimum set of specifications to go off of. When you find something that fits your needs, run it back by your IT partner so they can ensure it is a good fit for your environment. The last thing you want to do with a big purchase is buy a lot of new problems.
Here are some preliminary questions to ask when investing in new IT equipment:
Does this device have the resources that align with my needs?
Is the hardware/software compatible with my current IT environment?
Does this equipment easily scale with my IT environment, or will I need to buy something bigger?
Do I have the staff to configure and deploy this device(s)?
What will it take to properly manage this device(s)?
What are the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty?
Are there additional costs associated with the device(s)?
These are just a few things to consider before you even start looking for new equipment. If you don’t have an IT expert on your staff or you don’t have the time to go deep into the technology rabbit hole, reach out to iTSC and we’ll be happy to assist you in making the right decision with your future equipment upgrades.