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one throat to choke

One throat to choke is an expression used in business to describe the advantage of purchasing goods or integrated services from a single vendor. That way, when something goes wrong, there is only “one throat to choke.”

The expression is sometimes compared to “putting all your eggs in one basket.” The advantage of putting all your eggs in one basket is that it makes it easier to carry the eggs.  The disadvantage is that if the basket is dropped, there is the potential for all the eggs to break at the same time.

 

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One throat to choke is a debate nearly as old as IT itself: Do you stick with one key vendor for all of your computing equipment or is a multi-vendor approach better?

This was last updated in February 2010

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