‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance‘ by Robert Pirsig is a modern classic. When I first read this book I didn’t quite get the zen I was looking for. But then again maybe I was trying too hard which isn’t very zen-like. It is a wonderful book and although I missed many of the metaphors I gleaned some solid advice on how to enjoy my work. I think Pirsig’s motorcycle maintenance tips can help us in our day-to-day life. I’ve even dared to add a few tips of my own.
Today we’re going to take a look at a very specific aspect the network project delivery workflow; seeking a quote from a value added reseller or VAR. A VAR re-sells equipment and services on behalf of network equipment vendors. In this post we’ll look at what a VAR is and how to reduce the time lost on equipment ordering. Like RMAs, RFQs are not sexy, but mishandled RFQs can burn a lot of time that you could otherwise spend designing and improving your network.