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Mar 12, 2009, 23:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"All of this may add up to radical changes in buying patterns over the long term. With dollars for outright purchasing growing tighter, leasing may make a comeback.

""I'm seeing and hearing a pickup in leasing activity, which has been rather light to non-existent for the past several years, as a means of stretching dollars and cash flow," said Nickolett.

"Other possible shifts in the market might appear in the areas of open source software and Software as a Service (SaaS).

""SaaS and open source have become vehicles for newer vendors to provide a credible threat," said Nickolett.

"He suggests a complete proof of concept effort to demonstrate the technical capabilities of such alternatives -- then create a plan to migrate 10 percent to 15 percent of your IT footprint to that platform as part of a strategic cost reduction effort."

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