In Pictures: The worst IT addictions (and how to cure them)

Jargon, data, power -- the first step to IT recovery is recognizing the monkey on your back

IT addiction no. 5: New machines

Having the latest and greatest is a costly fixation that can drag you and your organization down the money hole.

Take storage, for example. "Companies are wasting millions buying storage for the big data they need now, and then forklifting it to a new system every three to five years,” says tech consultant Anthony R. Howard.

The cure: Most IT pros are fixated on initial purchase price when they should be analyzing TCO, says Howard.

"Forget about the prices of the server or the storage," he says. "The important questions to ask are how much it will cost you to deploy, manage, maintain, and run these things over their lifetimes."

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