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NetFlash: ROI rules Interop

May 05, 20032 mins

By Jeff Caruso 

A couple years ago, many IT managers didn’t even know what “ROI” stood for – and now the acronym is as common to IT-speak as TCP/IP. ROI, for those who still don’t know, is “return on investment,” which is just a fancy way of saying “bang for your buck.” Businesses are looking for ways to make sure they’re getting the value they expect from their IT products and services, and this trend was especially evident at last week’s NetWorld+Interop 2003 trade show in Las Vegas. There, using technology for cutting costs and increasing revenue was of top concern.

ROI rules Interop

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