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A Network Tune Up for Tough Times
Posted By Mary O. Foley On November 1, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Spyware and Malware | No Comments
The U.S. economy may be tanking, but Lilli Wiggins is as busy as she’s ever been.
Wiggins, the vice president and customer care manager of Gainsville, Fla.-based Computer Network Experts , is taking in more business than ever. Small and mid-sized businesses are flocking to the nine-employee IT solutions company to find ways to make their existing network equipment and systems last longer.
“Usually, when equipment gets to a certain age… about four years out, you’re on the edge, and thinking you’ll buy something new. Most people right now, though, are fixing rather than buying new. They’re not throwing anything out,” notes Wiggins, whose best customers are companies with fewer than 50 employees.
October’s grim news of the housing market’s collapse sent stocks tumbling around the globe, creating recession woes and a credit crunch that’s making banks leery of lending to any but their best customers. Faced with the prospects of less available capital and fewer sales, businesses big and small are holding off on many major outlays, experts say. In a mid-October report, Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research forecast that computer and communications vendors will “bear the brunt of IT cost-cutting” as companies tighten their belts.
How to make your networks last
But just how can businesses make their networks last longer? The experts offer these five suggestions:
CNE’s Wiggins notes that most of these suggestions “are just common sense.” But in this tough economy, common sense is something few can afford to be without.
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