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IT purchasing: Who decides what tech to buy?

Mary K. Pratt | Oct. 3, 2013
When it comes to hardware, software and services, IT always knows best. Or maybe not, says a new breed of procurement specialists.

That doesn't mean that he's not open to collaboration when it's appropriate. One recent project involved connecting HVAC control systems to the IT network. IT and purchasing worked closely to coordinate implementation phases and connectivity requirements, Kelley says.

In general, Kelley sees IT's job in joint purchasing projects as "maintaining an active role, giving input when necessary and steering the process when there are many different variables" — all roles that most IT managers would agree with, procurement partner or no.


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