How to Stretch Your IT Budget
We've all experienced the frustration of working with a tight budget, especially in the fourth quarter. Budget cuts or unexpected expenses can leave companies struggling to complete projects with limited resources. Below is a list of strategies that will help get your IT budget to the finish line by the end of the year:
1. Clean Your IT Devices Regularly
Oftentimes when a thin client is experiencing performance issues, it is due to irregular cleaning of the device rather than defective components. You can extend the life of your thin client and save yourself money in both the short and long-term by routinely clearing any dust and debris from external components, I/O ports, cables, and the keyboard keys. Dampen a microfiber or soft, lint-free cloth with a 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water solution. Gently wipe down the thin client terminal but avoid getting moisture in any openings as that can damage the device. A small canister of compressed air can be used to blow out any debris that has gathered in the I/O ports on the front, sides, and back of the thin client. Compressed air can also be used to blow out any particles that get in between the keys of your keyboard. These are fast and economical ways to extend the life of your thin client and maintain efficiency in your business.
2. Buy Extended Warranties
When devices break down, have them repaired rather than throwing them out or replacing them with new ones. A good extended warranty will ensure that you get years of satisfaction from the products that you purchase. At Vecmar, every remanufactured thin client is backed by a leading-industry, free 3-year warranty. When looking for a repair facility, choose one that doesn’t just repair the broken part of your device, but also disassembles measurable components of the device and tests them. The facility should replace any failed or worn out parts that are identified during the diagnostic phase and replace them with new parts. These extended warranties will minimize any future disruptions while providing greater value for your thin clients.
3. Replace Thin Clients with the Same Model
Instead of upgrading each time a new model is released, you can stretch your IT budget further by replacing old units with the same model. Vecmar has a vast inventory of thin client models available, so it is very likely that we have the unit that you need. Replacing your devices with the same model also reduces costs by eliminating any installation, configuration, troubleshooting, training, and maintenance problems that are associated with acquiring new equipment.
4. Recycle Old Equipment
Because technology advances at such a rapid pace, it is now one of the fastest-growing sources of pollution. Electronics can pollute the air and water when they are disposed of with regular waste. According to the National Center for Electronics Recycling, there are currently 25 states that have electronics recycling laws. To stay in compliance with e-waste state laws, you should have a sustainable recycling business model. Recycling your devices reduces environmental impact and makes IT equipment accessible to more people. Many recyclers will also pay for old equipment, allowing you to re-invest that money into your budget.
5. Purchase Remanufactured Devices
One of the best ways to stretch your IT budget is to purchase remanufactured thin clients. When tight IT budgets prohibit purchasing new technology, or your business requires prior-generation equipment, remanufactured thin clients offer a great solution with prices up to 60% less than new thin client terminals. Remanufactured products come from various sources, including customer returns, canceled orders, demonstration units, overstocks, lease returns, etc. At the Vecmar warehouse, all products are carefully inspected, remanufactured to more exacting standards than the original manufacturer’s, and then re-boxed and shipped to you to offer a high quality and low-cost solution.
Vecmar Corporation has many years of experience, uses the highest quality cleaning equipment on each device, and offers extended warranties to back up our work. You can trust us to help you stretch your IT budget and improve efficiency within your IT operation.