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Procuring IT Hardware Quickly Amidst Crumbling Supply Chains

With the current virus impacting manufacturing in China, global supply chains in IT have been hit hard. As it stands now, the OEM lead times are so far out, some don’t even have dates for shipments. But the secondary market isn’t disrupted—it’s thriving. Companies are turning to the secondary market for procuring IT hardware quickly and support their remote workers. It’s no secret that this channel alternative approach to IT procurement saves companies money−40-70%, in fact−and now many organizations that have turned to the secondary market out of necessity are seeing the benefits of working with independent distributors, including: Lower Cost of Ownership The secondary market distributors aren’t tied to OEM partnership agreements or discount categories−meaning they have access to the global marketplace and the best possible pricing. High Availability [...]

How U.S. China Tariffs Are Impacting IT Purchasing

This U.S. China Tariffs IT post was contributed by CentricsIT Logistics Manager, Emily Santa Maria. Emily is a Licensed Customs Broker.  OEM hardware prices are still on the rise due to the new U.S. China tariffs that went into effect this year. As technology departments and budgets feel the strain, it’s important to keep track of IT hardware affected by U.S. China tariffs and what your options are to alleviate the CAPEX strain. Many of the major networking manufacturers have already raised prices. Cisco and Juniper have responded with a 5-10% rise in prices even on products that are not yet affected under the new tariffs. The Effect on Hardware There is a comprehensive list of imports impacted, but IT managers and purchasers should primarily focus on the hardware’s Country [...]

The Advantages of Hardware-as-a-Service (Rentals)

Despite the industry’s mad dash towards cloud, your company still needs hardware to continue its IT operations and to meet project goals. If you’re not already, you should be considering the advantages of Hardware-as-a-Service. As much as you want to move towards virtualization, you need to continue to be smart about your hardware sourcing and project management strategies. There are better ways to do it than you’re doing them now—ways that free up OPEX, reduce logistical strain, and better prepare you for future cloud migrations. The Current Method Right now, you’re probably working from the same sourcing models that you started your company with. Which, arguably, worked for a time, but the industry is accelerating, and you must keep up with client demand and technological advancement—all without overstepping the bounds [...]