“In the beginning with COVID, we were dealing more with just enabling workers to work from home and enabling those IT staffs to be able to support all that,” King said. “Now, as we start to settle into this work-from-home idea, we’re actually starting to help customers understand security for working from home, understand data center infrastructure, and expanding on demand to address all these dynamic workforces and the needs of the business.”
Having a partner can make businesses feel less alone as they move through uncertain times.
What Businesses Get with an Additional Partnership
All businesses work with vendors, but having a true partner delivers more value than just providing products, Cahill said.
“Whether it’s stabilizing the business, whether it’s ensuring that the utility of IT is up and running, we build resilience,” Cahill said. “We future-proof and help their infrastructure so it’s durable and is there for the long haul, especially as we think about this new normal.”
The right partnership can also mean more access to resources, King said. Customers can get help from to solution architects, subject matter experts, executive technology strategists, emerging technologies, consultative practices and specialized engineering groups, all at their disposal.
“CDW has evolved into more of a consulted solution provider,” King continued. “That aligns perfectly with VMware’s any-cloud strategy, where we’re focusing now not on the traditional data center, but the ever-evolving software-defined data center, allowing us to focus on applications, not just virtual machines, and to provide customers with dynamic lifecycle management for their data centers both on-premises and in the cloud.”
That partnership can make transitions smoother and can provide peace of mind for teams that are responsible for an organization’s digital transformation.
How a Partnership Helped One Hospital Upgrade Its Environment
Several years ago, Health New England was looking to refresh its VMware environment. The organization needed a lot of products, and it had fixed resources to work with.
“We basically had a flat budget for the past handful of years,” said Brian Gay, one of Health New England’s LAN administrators. “So we were looking for some new hardware that could really excel and take us into that next generation, keep us within budget if at all possible.”
Mike Chabot, another LAN administrator for the group, said having a representative to go to with questions made the process much smoother.
“All aspects of pretty much anything we’ve needed, from hardware, software, any kind of random thing like budgeting systems, it’s always been: Call George. He’ll get you a guy to talk to. He’ll get you a specialist,” he said.
“He was definitely the glue in this entire project to bring all the resources,” Chabot continued.
He said it was clear that CDW was on Health New England’s side, particularly once the project was finished.
“They sent out a couple of people to sit in the room with us as we did bring-up,” Chabot said. “They wanted to see our success.”
“That made us feel really good,” he said.
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