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    Word required for budget :)

    These are the headings around which I am putting my budget for next year around:

    Server works

    Planned Replacement Hardware

    Planned New Hardware

    Unplanned New Hardware

    Planned Maintenance Contracts

    Repairs & Replacements

    Software & Licencing

    Consumable items

    Other funding

    My boss is not happy with the "Unplanned New Hardware" heading...
    However this year our "Unplanned New Hardware" pot is running at around £10,000 as things get asked for throughout the year that we cannot say NO! to...

    What might be a better title than "Unplanned New Hardware" as he suggests anyone on the Govs finance committee might think we cannot plan - if we need to have some money allocated against UNPLANNED !

    Oh the reality of it all

    Suggestions - brighten up my day....

    "Contingency" just does nt seem to adequately reflect the fact that it's FORCED spend upon us...

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    We tend to classify that as 'unplanned repairs' - the same pot as the money fot broken LCD's, dropped hard drives ...

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    We had the same issue.. ours has been called "contingency" for several years but no that is not acceptable... now called "reactive maintainence"

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    "Initially unrequested hardware"? "Purchases for departments after initial budgetting"?

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    Stuffthatnoonetoldusaboutbutwhenwerefusedtheyhadah issyfitandmoanedatsltwhoagainstourrecommendationsd ecidedtoletthembuyit budget

    edit: hmm, this site doesn't like very long words, adds random spaces lol

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    The F**K up pot - otherwise known as the pot for the disorganised departments that cant budget or plan correctly!

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    I'd go for Contingency or Research and Development.... that's always a good one!

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    I'd go for "Reserve" or some variation; "Emergency Reserve" is perhaps too strong, "Unknowables Reserve", "Known Unknowns Reserve" (in Rumsfeld's voice)

    Or "Technicians' Slush Fund".

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    Budget headings:

    1.Fixed costs: All bills that are fixed i.e. internet, SLAs etc.

    2.Running costs: Toners plus hardware replacement parts, paper etc.

    3.Development costs: New hardware and software plus any new projects.

    Don't like too many budget headings as other people could get confused i.e. Bursars etc.

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    "Innovation Hardware Fund"

    On the grounds that the innovation is so cutting edge that the teachers couldn't see it coming (even if it was sounding a foghorn at them from 3 years away).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    Budget headings:

    1.Fixed costs: All bills that are fixed i.e. internet, SLAs etc.

    2.Running costs: Toners plus hardware replacement parts, paper etc.

    3.Development costs: New hardware and software plus any new projects.

    Don't like too many budget headings as other people could get confused i.e. Bursars etc.
    Under what heading is your "contingency" for things like replacing printers that die - or being asked to provide somone with a laptop that you did nt know about at the start of the financial year.

    I agree less headings might be better though.

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