Hello Joe,Nicholas Carr published an article in Harvard Business Review in May of 2003 titled "I.T. Doesn't Matter". Carr was heavily criticized by I.T. industry for his comments, however, his point was, and continues to be valid. Carr stated that for long time computing power had surpassed the needs of general computing. This is more true in the age of Cloud Computing than it was 16 years ago.As a CIO, I realized with the exception of production computers (e.g. CAD, Detailing, etc.) people wanted a new computer, but they didn't necessarily need one. Therefore, your assessment of longer term use of PCs is a valid one.However, I would recommend purchasing a lower end computer, rather than reassigning a higher powered one for the following reasons:
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Joe, we do rent and lease a good volume of equipment to our clients. We see three primary reasons to finance:
We also have a large volume of clients to purchase IT equipment. The key to equipment purchase is setting a life expectancy for the fleet. I.e., we want to rotate hardware every four years every X quarters. Then the process becomes a math problem. If you have 150 computers and want to rotate out every four years you should look to replace ~38 computer per year. If you are on a quarterly refresh cycle, budget for ten computers per quarter. Desktops ~$1,100 each, laptops ~$1,800 each (docks, chargers, etc.)
If you are disciplined and have a good working capital, then purchasing may be a good choice. It depends on your philosophy and tax strategy.
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