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Jun 21

Resource Matching

finding the right piece to the puzzle

What is resource matching? It’s matching your specific needs to your purchasing behaviour. One of the most common problems with purchasing is that it’s very easy to go on two criteria, price or specification.

Price usually means going for the cheapest. I need an X, and the cheapest is Y. It’s understandable, budgets are tighter than ever and it’s natural to want to stretch every penny as far as possible.

If you’re going by specification, maybe you have the luxury on insisting on the going for the Porsche turbo of whatever it is you need, or maybe you are looking at the lowest spec that you think you can get away with.

The truth lies somewhere in between.

Rather than break it down into technical terms, we’ll work through an example that has almost certainly come up in your office.

You have three people complaining that their internet and network connection is too slow: it’s impeding their work, and their Spotify account keeps buffering!

So where is the problem?

Do they need shiny new computers? An awesome new router for the office?

Well, let’s first look at their set up. Are the computers running as they should? Are the service packs up to date for their operating systems (XP, Vista, Windows 7 etc.)? What about their internet browsers? Anti-virus and anti-spam? If any of this is out of date, have they run a scan recently? Worse comes to worse, ask your IT if a clean install is needed (you won’t lose anything, all the data is backed up, right?)

Here we are looking at your current spec, and what externalities might be impeding its capacity.

Next, look at how it connected to the internet. Wi-Fi? Hmm, any personal data going through there? You might need to look at cabling throughout the office.

Now this obviously means a considerable expense, so now it is a strategic decision. Do these users work with information that falls under the Data Protection Act? If so, then hard cabling is more secure than Wi-Fi and should be considered. This will also deliver the increased network speeds you were after originally.

Is there some cabling already in the office? If so, consider ethernet cables (don’t splash out on expensive ones, they’re not worth it) and a comm switch. For three people, that’s going to be about £50.

So, now we have had a thorough look at the original problem, and analysed three issues:

  • Current resource specification
  • Strategic implications
  • Resource and purchasing matching

So next time an issue like this arises, and not just in IT, makes sure you break it down and find out exactly what you need!

 

 

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