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IT asset management: How to be efficient
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7 traits to look for in a vendor

Today, the role of a solutions partner in the enterprise is essential, becoming more of a business colleague, helping with strategic thinking and operational dealings of a company. Aside from the need to develop long-range technology strategies and maintain daily operations, the IT leader should develop “sourcing strategies” to meet expectations of business efficiency with financial effectiveness; that competency necessitates a closer relationship with suppliers.