Here’s how to deploy IT hardware in America’s most complex city

new york cityIf you think a major IT deployment in New York City is easy, fuggedaboutit.

That was the challenge The Legal Aid Society faced when preparing a new hardware rollout. About every seven years, The Legal Aid Society refreshes its hardware infrastructure, which is about 2,500 devices in 26 offices spread throughout New York City. Because The Legal Aid Society provides free legal assistance to some of the city’s poorest residents, its staff of lawyers, paralegals, and interns (more than 2,000 law professionals) couldn’t be disturbed by long waits for new equipment.

But while the process of deploying new laptops and desktops might sound simpler than many other IT jobs, it wasn’t as straightforward as it sounds. The Legal Aid Society had to carefully adhere to grant funding requirements, as well as manage union rules, building policies, and the logistical problems associated with a large scale IT initiative in New York City. Continue Reading…

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Leasing vs. financing: What’s the difference?

SHI blog post imagePurchasing new hardware or software can be a costly and burdensome investment for even the most profitable organizations. But purchasing outright isn’t a company’s only option. Organizations can lease hardware and finance software and maintenance to ease upfront costs and increase IT flexibility. So before you sign that check for your next big order of desktops, servers, or software, see if any of these options are right for you.

The two types of hardware leasing

Leasing is the most common way to acquire IT equipment without paying for it up front. There are two main types of leases: the fair market value (FMV) lease and the $1 buyout lease.

FMV lease

The most common type of hardware lease is the FMV. It’s similar to a car lease, in that you don’t own the product at the end of the term, which is typically two to three years. In an industry known for a 36-month product lifecycle, this is a compelling benefit. The greatest part of IT is that the power keeps going up and the price keeps going down. FMV leases offer the lowest payment option since you’re only paying for the use of the product, not the purchase price. Payments are usually referred to as rent. Continue Reading…

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SHI Financing: Smarter, better budgeting

SHI doesn’t just have one of the best selections of hardware and software in the business; we also have one of the best and most flexible financing and leasing programs. Sometimes we don’t do as good a job as maybe we should promoting the fact that we can finance your purchases of software, desktops and notebooks, mobile devices, storage, networking products, and a wide range of other solutions.

With interest rates at all-time lows, financing your purchase of hardware and software has never been easier, or more economical. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Talk to your SHI representative about the financing options that are available to you.
  2. Settle on the terms of the financing contract, and choose a payment structure (quarterly, monthly, yearly, etc.).
  3. Sign on the dotted line, and away you go!

What kinds of deals can you finance?

  • Large or multi-year software deals: If a big project comes along, it’s in your best interest to spread the payments out over time. Many software publishers are now selling multi-year terms that allow organizations to use SHI financing and make annual payments.
  • Hardware deals: As technology power goes up and the price goes down, it is logical to lease. Financing lets you more cost-effectively refresh your technology to ensure your organization is always using cutting-edge technology.
  • Surprise requirements: This includes your non-budgeted items, perhaps license compliance issues or end-of-quarter purchases. SHI financing allows organizations to spread out payment of these purchases over time, or even defer them. Continue Reading…
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