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Chris Gaun
Research Analyst
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7 years IT industry

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Santa’s $500 Million Plus Technology Budget

by Chris Gaun  |  January 4, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

Over the break, I wrote an article for Business Insider about Santa’s multimillion dollar technology budget.

While $500 million plus per-year is large, there are technology companies with larger capital expenditures. Google, for example, has spent over $500 million a quarter since the middle of 2010. Yes, per quarter!

Granted, Google probably spends more on high technology than any other company on the planet, but it is a worthy “reality check” for the upper bounds for Santa’s budget.

You can read the rest of my article, which shouldn’t be taken too seriously, in the link below:

Santa requires a huge technology operation to track his supply chain for toy manufacturing, optimize his delivery schedule, and maintain his naughty/nice list.
However there is little research on the Internet on Mr. Claus’ data centers. Perhaps this is because Santa is impossible to get in touch with on the phone.
Link: http://www.businessinsider.com/santas-it-budget-2012-12

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