Get an independent review: The only way to truly know if you are getting the most bang for your buck is to hire an independent party to review your network equipment proposal before signing on the dotted line. Having an unbiased expert examine both your price quote and proposed equipment list is optimal, as we've encountered countless situations where manufacturers tried to "make back" some of their discount by including over-qualified or more expensive yet unnecessary equipment options. Enlisting the help of an impartial party to look after your best interests will more than pay for the cost to include them in your final evaluation and purchase process.
Any network purchase represents a substantial hit to your budget. Following these steps is sure to soften that blow. The "found money" then can be channeled into projects that focus on more strategic capabilities and business initiatives.
For more pragmatic insight and ready-to-use tips, check out a recent paper authored by Gartner analysts Andrew Lerner and Sanjit Ganguli. Click here for access to "How to Avoid the Biggest Rip-Off in Networking."
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