One time I went to an all-you-can eat Sushi restaurant and ate a bunch of 'White Tuna'... Later that day I took a dump... and noticed oily stuff in the toiled. Ended up farting oil for next two days. Felt like Exxon Valdez.
Yes, I am in IT and you/your company may be an exception (kudos).
Does your company have clear ethical guidelines and a procurement department which manages the vendor selection process?
Do you accept lunches/gifts from vendors? Have these ever affected your decision? How can you be certain?
... batteries not included
IT Managers have been spending like drunken sailors. It's quite appalling that policies and strategy of most corporate IT shops are dictated by hardware and software vendors who cozy up to the management and staff through gifts, golf games and lunches.
Old hardware is thrown out instead of re-used, and nine times out of ten more powerful (and expensive) hardware/solution is chosen. It's time for IT to tighten the belt and re-direct some of the money lining vendors' pockets to some old fashioned internal R & D.
Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock.