PC Refresh Cycle ready to touch down in government?

Earlier this month, NextGov’s Bob Brewin wrote about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ plans for an extensive PC refresh cycle that translates to millions in spending to improve the agency’s technological infrastructure.

In Brewin’s article, he notes that “the department owns about 240,000 PCs. The new contract will provide an additional 360,000 computers to supply recently opened clinics and to support VA’s mission.” And with plans to open a contract with a new vendor, the VA “expects to acquire at least a minimum of 70,000 to 150,000 new PCs during the next four years.”

Could this be the beginning of the PC refresh cycle predicted to hit in 2010?

PC refresh cycles have been a topic of conservation, especially in the channel, since the end of last year, with both eWEEK and CRN debating the possibility of increased spending to update systems in both the private and public sector.

CRN’s Chad Berndston and Scott Campbell reported from last year’s Raymond James IT Supply Chain Conference in New York where speakers “are looking forward to a PC refresh cycle that will have to happen because the current install base of desktops and notebooks is reaching the point where reliability and performance will be negatively impacted.

The hidden liabilities of keeping old PCs — increased IT support and employee downtime – can easily be overcome by adopting some of the recently launched products that HP has specifically designed to help agencies acquire a mix of products with enough breadth and depth to refresh outdated systems currently in use.

In fact, third-party TBR (Technology Business Research) rank HP No. 1 in corporate customer satisfaction across both desktops and notebooks, making them a sensible place to start when it comes to evaluating refresh cycles.

Have you heard conversations about PC refreshes in your office?

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