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July 19, 2011

Clear Option in Choosing Platform Solution Provider for Appliance Deployment Systems

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

A platform provider should be able to deliver better than average performance. NEI (News - Alert) realizes that as companies expand their business practices into the global market, providers should monitor compliance polices, complete paperwork and adhere to all customs regulations. The ability to drop ship to end customers is only a basic principle in appliance deployment.

This recent NEI blog highlighted that a company operating as an independent software vendor or original equipment manufacturer can find that choosing a platform provider for all appliance deployment is vital. Shipping, tool managers and service and support are key areas to focus on to drive optional success.

The ability to test and refurbish units after a trade show, sales meetings, customer evaluation or other events can significantly increase productivity. This time management opportunity would allow users an appliance deployment strategy to inventory the units so they can be sold again as fresh products.

By utilizing an appliance deployment system, providers would be able to eliminate the need to stock and carry any finished products. The system employs a schedule by pre building, packaging, stock and storing goods for customers’ orders. Costs associated with overhead, storing and inventory would be all but eliminated. There would also be savings from fewer shipping charges to and from the site.

Nearly every user could benefit if every application that can make a business run smoothly were available at the touch of a button. A view-all portal could make this desired benefit turned into reality. The appropriate appliance deployment would allow users to view and manage inventory, shipping details, and inventory status, order tracking and shipping arrangement in addition to forecasts and reports.

The capability to view all information by product order number, shipping date or serial number creates a workflow like no other. As a bonus, the portal can make obtaining and tracking return merchandise authorization much simpler.

Platform providers should have a reliable global network to handle all worldwide services, support and protection programs. The need to be readily available and provide adequate maintenance on a whim is a crucial piece of the platform provider puzzle. For any circumstance, providers should be there to follow through.


NEI is equipped to handle an appliance deployment system that can support any needs. The company already has 18 U.S. and six international forward-stocking locations.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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