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Dick Benton Published: 19 Oct 2012

This article first appeared in "Storage" magazine in the May issue. For more articles of this type, please visit www.storagemagazine.com. What you will learn from this tip: Building a storage budget -- and getting it approved -- is an annual uphill battle. By taking a business-plan approach to the process, you'll have a better chance of getting a green light. To a beleaguered storage manager, it may seem like the CIO and CFO are working as a tag team to "Just say no" to storage budget proposals that call for an increase over last year's budget. So how can a storage director make a sustainable and substantiated case for the expenditures required to manage and protect one of the organization's most valuable assets, its data? By using facts, financials and fear, an organizationally aware and prepared storage director can present the CFO with a budget proposal that's based on familiar business terms, contains options for discretionary funding and focuses on tangible services provided to clients. Talking tech to a CFO could spell doom for a budget proposal. But a... Access >>>

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