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Managing Multiple IT Projects? You Need a Cohesive Strategy
- Example #1 — You sign a contract renewal for your Ethernet (or MPLS) data network, and then a year later, you start to think about an SD-WAN strategy. Chances are you will have 24 months left on your data network contract, you will have the wrong technology in place (Ethernet/MPLS), and your choices will be limited (likely to a single/your current vendor due to the remaining two-year contract). Eventually, you settle for your current vendor’s SD-WAN solution without any price competition. In essence, you end up paying 30% more for the next three years because contract commitments tied your hands during the selection process. You’re also not able to select the best-in-class SD-WAN solution for the most competitive price.
- Example #2 — You install hardware-based firewalls at all your locations before evaluating your cloud migration strategy. After you have committed to a large purchase of these firewalls, along with three years of support costs, you realize that many of your applications are moving to the cloud (Office 365, voice, core systems, etc.). As a result, you realize a network-based security product would have significantly reduced your project cost, improved your security, added redundancy to your network security solution, and improved the performance of your cloud-based applications. Also, remote workers could have had better access to your network and cloud-based applications.
- Example #3 — You renew a voice contract, and then 12 months later decide to move your voice system and ACD to the cloud. Yet, you are still on the hook for 24 more months of your minimum monthly commitment from your voice contract, or you have to delay the implementation of your voice (UCaaS/CCaaS) solution. This costs you money (contract minimum commit), time (delaying the new project), and efficiency to the business.
"SCTC Perspective" is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.
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