When reviewing Cisco's TCO data, I can't help but be reminded of something attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." I'm sure he would have added benchmarks, ROI studies and TCO studies to the list had he known about them.
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Steve Fink, Solutions Architect for Avanade, and I enjoyed a long chat about a TCO/ROI model that Avanade is using to help their clients project what their datacenter virtualization projects are likely to cost and what type of return could be expected at the end of that project. As a well known model jockey from my years at IDC, I'm always somewhat suspicious of models of this nature.
The telecos might be willing to spend $6 billion over the next few years on this stuff, but they want ROI ... big time. TCO, too. So all the telco parts (parts is parts?) suppliers -- he called them TEMs -- are thinking, you know, like, blades.
On September 25, Mercer Management Consulting released a new Microsoft-backed study. The study is entitled “Driving Lower TCO and Rapid ROI through UNIX Migrations.
TCO and ROI analysis are important for evaluating e-business costs but they don't provide a complete picture. Adrian Mello explains why enterprises should also evaluate risks and options when considering e-business projects.
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