Technology Acquisition

Technology Acquisition – Desktop Computer Shopping

Technology Acquisition Policy - Desktop Computer ShoppingTechnology Acquisition – Desktop Computer Shopping via the Internet is a way that companies and individuals get the latest technology.  No longer is it the computer salesman at the office or going into a brick and mortar store.

One of the first things that we found is most of the larger companies like HP, Dell, and Lenovo have great selections of desktops.  The major issue that you quickly discover is that the technology they are selling you is at least 3 to 5 years old.  In some cases, the desktops and laptops are close to end of life.

A sign of the age of technology offered is the appearance of those offerings in big box stores and special sales which discount  those configurations by 20% to 50% off of list prices.  That is not hard to understand when you look at the business model for those companies.  By the time the technology is released and made stable, the companies need to ramp up manufacturing to hit the masses.  However, these same vendors will go thru “real-time” product refreshes to update to more recent technology and stay relevant – but they still are behind the technology curve.

A better solution

In our last acquisition for power desktop workstations we found a company  that really stood out – Velocity Micro (VM) – https://www.velocitymicro.com. VM sells custom desktop computers that are worth a look for the following reasons:

  1. The company assembles and stress tests 100% of the computers they sell.  As an added benefit they do all of this in the U.S.  That is opposed to some of the major manufacturers who send 100% of their order to China, only do power on test and then ship it to the U.S.
  2. Ordered equipment is usually delivered in a less than 2 weeks.  That is a far cry from 3 to 4 week delivery time for desktops configured in the U.S., assembled in the China, and then shipped to the customer.
  3. VM has a dedicated support staff that is in the U.S. and has the unique ability to listen to customer requirements.  The majors have preset packages that they push even they do not fit the customer’s requirements.
  4. VM does not add “bloatware” to the computers it sells.  Almost every major vendor ships computers with not only “free” software trials, but also software that ties the computer to them with  preset  proprietary software.
  5. VM ships systems with a basic OS and OEM media.  With that if the system OS needs to be regenerated, the user has all of the options available to the user.
  6. The cost of the power professional workstation from VM was just over $3,000.  A similar, but less powerful system from HP and Dell was  configured at a cost of $4,200.

For those reasons, we strongly recommend Velocity Micro as a vendor to evaluate when looking for technology acquisition.

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M. Victor Janulaitis is the founder and CEO of Janco Associates. His focus and that of the firm is the management and support of IT professionals improving infrastructure. His expertise is in organizational infrastructure, security, cost control, disaster recovery business continuity; information privacy; and staff development.

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2 thoughts on “Technology Acquisition

  1. John Stamms

    I also looked at the options for a new power desktop. The problem that I found with HP and Dell was that the help desk would constantly point me to per-configured desktops. In every case, they were slower and use i3 and i5 processors from Intel.

    My existing deskop computer and laptops were both i7s

  2. Professor Wilson

    I had an issue with Velocity Micro. I was able to easily place my order, however it did not ship for over two weeks. It seems they ran out of mother boards. I got no notification that the order was delayed. When I sent an email, the response was they were waiting on a part. There was no indication that the delivery would be delayed.

    When I followed up the second time, then I was told they did not have the mother board. The next day I did get a call to tell me the part was in. I was given a tentative date for shipping.

    Considering that I have to pay for the system in advance, that to me seems like poor service.

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