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IT Spending: Putting a Budget Surplus to Good Use

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If you sell to government, non-profit or educational accounts, your firm may be accustomed to managing this next challenge.

But, if sales to small businesses are your bread and butter, you may not as tuned into the “use it or lose it” purchasing philosophy in IT spending.

For example, if you’re the science department chairperson for a local school district, and you have a $500,000 budget this year for computer products, you “need” to spend it.

IT Spending: Use It or Lose It

If you don’t spend the money, any funds left over will not carry forward to next year. And, the board of education probably will believe your department no longer needs the full annual $500,000 budget for computer products. Your department’s allocation likely will be reduced going forward.

So there’s a year-end rush to deplete the technology budget account; regardless of whether the timing is right for getting the best purchase value or controlling computer support costs.

Small Businesses Often Fall Into The Same IT Spending Trip

Just because a client is having a “great” year, quarter or month, your client shouldn’t rush out to buy every PC gadget and gizmo he or she has ever dreamed of having or heard someone gushing about.

As your clients’ virtual CIO, when appropriate, you need to act as their IT “grown-up” (be a little more sensitive in how you assume this role though) and remind them of the priorities spelled out in their annual technology plan.

Make Sure Your Clients’ Plan Includes IT Spending

You have a written IT project plan for your clients, right? If not, a detailed project plan not only keeps your clients’ IT spending priorities straight, a project plan assures your company a steady stream of recurring consulting revenue throughout the year.

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IT Spending: Putting a Budget Surplus to Good Use
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  • http://www.computerconsultingkit.net Computer Consulting Kit

    All too often computer consulting firms just give lip service to the whole idea of Virtual IT and being an outsourced Virtual CIO. However true Virtual CIO’s plan out their clients’ IT budgets at least 6-12 months ahead of time. The Computer Consulting Kit helps IT consultants in this situation become more proactive and effective at managing the IT budgeting process. Thank you for publishing this article and for helping to raise awareness of this ongoing, major challenge in the small business IT industry.

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