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wesley.chin
What are some recommendations on the vendors that should be dealt with by a small business?
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    nepenthe0

    http://tinyurl.com/6lrobr

    It got a bit rowdy towards the end, but we all had a thoroughly good time. Not since Paul Mau started the discussion on hard drive destruction techniques have we had so much fun...

    http://tinyurl.com/62vrfv

    Rick/Portland, OR

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    wesley.chin

    I had meant that to be response to another thread. How it got posted as a thread is beyond me...

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    robo_dev

    You mean which vendors to choose for computer hardware/software?

    Or do you mean how do you 'deal with' your current vendors? (e.g. arrest warrants, restraining orders, cease-and-desist orders)

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    wesley.chin

    A vendor for software/hardware.

    Currently, the vendor that is used is Dell. virtually all hardware is from Dell.

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    robo_dev

    Dell alternatives: HP or HP

    For network stuff, nobody ever got fired for buying Cisco.

    The interesting thing about Dell is that they have effectively eliminated VARs from the equation.

    Traditionally, these VARs would play a vital role in working with Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) and provide good product availability, local support, and all those good things that came from 'feet on the street' (at a somewhat higher price).

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    HimDownStairs

    robo_dev...Dell toward the beginning of 08 Dell opened up a VAR channel program.
    Check it out: www.dell.com/partnerdirect

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    robo_dev

    Since most SMBs seem to have only one IT guy (whose only help can be an online forum), these VARs can really save the day.

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    wesley.chin

    VARs? What are those?

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    JamesRL

    These are companies that specialise and provide some kind of service with the HW/SW they sell - they may do the installation, preconfigure the boxes etc.

    We pay a VAR to configure our servers and PCs before they are shipped to the client's site. It saves much time in the end.

    James

    James

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    NotSoChiGuy

    Some of the vendors I've used in the past for SMBs are CDW (great service, pretty knowledgeable staff), Insight (not as good at service as CDW, but the technical expertise was better), Valcom (I've had personal run-ins with them, so I couldn't recommend in good conscience), HP Direct and Dell.

    Since you already have a relationship with Dell, I'd keep them as a contact, and maybe supplement that with either Insight or CDW.

    Hope this helps!

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    Magic Alex

    Insight CDW and Dell are the way to go

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    nepenthe0

    http://tinyurl.com/6lrobr

    It got a bit rowdy towards the end, but we all had a thoroughly good time. Not since Paul Mau started the discussion on hard drive destruction techniques have we had so much fun...

    http://tinyurl.com/62vrfv

    Rick/Portland, OR

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    wesley.chin

    I had meant that to be response to another thread. How it got posted as a thread is beyond me...

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    robo_dev

    You mean which vendors to choose for computer hardware/software?

    Or do you mean how do you 'deal with' your current vendors? (e.g. arrest warrants, restraining orders, cease-and-desist orders)

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    wesley.chin

    A vendor for software/hardware.

    Currently, the vendor that is used is Dell. virtually all hardware is from Dell.

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    robo_dev

    Dell alternatives: HP or HP

    For network stuff, nobody ever got fired for buying Cisco.

    The interesting thing about Dell is that they have effectively eliminated VARs from the equation.

    Traditionally, these VARs would play a vital role in working with Small Medium Businesses (SMBs) and provide good product availability, local support, and all those good things that came from 'feet on the street' (at a somewhat higher price).

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    HimDownStairs

    robo_dev...Dell toward the beginning of 08 Dell opened up a VAR channel program.
    Check it out: www.dell.com/partnerdirect

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    robo_dev

    Since most SMBs seem to have only one IT guy (whose only help can be an online forum), these VARs can really save the day.

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    wesley.chin

    VARs? What are those?

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    JamesRL

    These are companies that specialise and provide some kind of service with the HW/SW they sell - they may do the installation, preconfigure the boxes etc.

    We pay a VAR to configure our servers and PCs before they are shipped to the client's site. It saves much time in the end.

    James

    James

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    NotSoChiGuy

    Some of the vendors I've used in the past for SMBs are CDW (great service, pretty knowledgeable staff), Insight (not as good at service as CDW, but the technical expertise was better), Valcom (I've had personal run-ins with them, so I couldn't recommend in good conscience), HP Direct and Dell.

    Since you already have a relationship with Dell, I'd keep them as a contact, and maybe supplement that with either Insight or CDW.

    Hope this helps!

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    Magic Alex

    Insight CDW and Dell are the way to go