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10 Midsize Enterprises Reveal Their 2023 IT Spending Priorities

Joseph F. Kovar

The CIOs or IT directors of 10 midsize enterprises spoke with CRN about their IT spending priorities for the coming year, with cybersecurity at the top of the list for nearly every company.

Josh Berry, Director, IT Services

Brookdale Community College, Middleton, N.J.

Our spending priorities in 2023 are going to be cybersecurity and wireless. We are doing wireless replacement projects. It’s a $3.5 million project. We have Cisco, not Meraki. .... We have on-premises controllers. We have something like 680 access points. I work at Brookdale Community College. We have the main campus and five remote sites. So we’re upgrading to 6E. The timing is because the equipment is going into end-of-life. The hardware, all the Cisco gear that we have, and the controllers are going end-of-life in the next year and a half. So to replace all those, plus get some nice experience improvements plus 6E, those are all the things you do with a replacement project because you’d do it every 10 years. So

yes, a $3.5 million project. We‘re hoping to have a good chunk of it done by the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

On the cybersecurity side, we have a cybersecurity road map. We’ve just started to be able to spend more year over year. And we’ve increased our Microsoft security licenses so far. We have a network detection and response appliance that we bought. We have a Microsoft endpoint on our 3,600 endpoints, plus CrowdStrike in the data center. So it’s continuing that road map and figuring out what other protections we need to put in place to make things better. Because cybersecurity is big.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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