Four Reasons Why Organizations Should Consider Device as a Service
As business IT continues to transition to a monthly subscription model, it has become increasingly clear that Lenovo’s Device as a Service (DaaS) offering is the next logical step for small to mid-size businesses (as well as larger enterprises). Rather than make the capital investment and purchase essential hardware upfront, businesses can lease them with a predictable monthly payment. Laptops, switches, servers, firewalls, and tablets are all good candidates for DaaS.
However, the true strength of DaaS goes beyond its “lease don’t buy” model. An array of services including device back up, security, asset tracking, and lifecycle management can be covered with the convenience of a subscription.
Here are four reasons why DaaS is good for business:
Improves Management of Cash Flow
The traditional way of purchasing IT equipment is to pay one, often high price upfront. As devices break, businesses are required to lay out capital to replace them. The result is that many devices are on different “refresh” cycles, which companies have to track. It also means they face an inconsistent cash flow as they must accommodate large, irregular purchases when hardware is replaced.
Device as a Service offers businesses the opportunity to streamline their budgeting. A company subscribed with a DaaS provider will pay the same fee every month, likely for the duration of their contract. DaaS is all inclusive, so if a tablet breaks, a DaaS provider will likely repair it at no additional cost. This type of payment structure can help companies avoid the unexpected expenses of device replacement repair, and business interruption.
Makes Sure They Have the Latest High Performing Devices
Technology is constantly depreciating in value, meaning that the server a business purchase today will be worth less four years down the road. Therefore, it makes little sense to view purchasing technology as an investment. One of the biggest benefits of DaaS is the easy replacement of outdated technology. DaaS subscriptions will typically offer a replacement of devices every two or three years in most contracts. Because unit costs generally change nominally, there is no reason to stick to any outdated hardware or infrastructure for the sake of cutting down expenses, and organizations can rest assured that they are transitioning to the most up to date technology available. Logically recommends PCs based on the Intel vPro Platform. These PCs enable us to monitor and maintain our customers’ devices more closely. If a PC has an issue, we can usually address the problem remotely – which means faster and with less interruption of the employee. This agility has a significant positive impact to our customers’ productivity.
Provides the Latest Security
Everyone wants to squeeze extra life out of their devices. In the past most businesses prioritized saving money and would postpone hardware updates whenever they could. However, more industry leaders are coming to realize that older models aren’t just a little slow, they’re potentially creating significant holes in your security system.
The upside of DaaS is that you will always have up-to-date security features built into your hardware. As an example, within the past 6 months new technology has been developed that allows a computer to use unused resource capacity on its graphic card to handle security loads. The set hardware refresh cycles inherent to DaaS ensure that these latest hardware-based security upgrades are regularly incorporated into your business technology assets, and that risks associated with hardware used beyond the recommended lifespan are mitigated.
DaaS providers can also implement extra security packages and advanced features that their in-house staff aren’t always equipped to handle. In addition, the Intel vPro Platform-based PCs that we recommend have advanced, hardware-based security features that extend the capabilities of security software applications. Outsourcing select services to a DaaS provider is often more cost effective in the long run. With fewer responsibilities, in-house IT staff have more resources to support applications critical to the business. Many businesses therefore choose to have their technology co-managed by their IT department and the DaaS provider.
Covers Everything From Installation to Disposal of Old Devices
The set up and destruction of any hardware or infrastructure usually costs more than the device itself. That’s why a major benefit of DaaS is that devices come preloaded with relevant software packages.
DaaS services are committed to covering the full lifecycle of the technology they offer. When a business is finished using a device, their DaaS provider takes the often-arduous responsibility of disposing it according to the standards of the industry. In addition, DaaS providers will go the extra mile and offer their customers evidence to reassure them that all sensitive information was destroyed, so that data cannot be retrieved from a device no longer in their possession.
In terms of ever-changing technology and user expectations, DaaS enables businesses to operate with greater agility. It also helps increase productivity by equipping employees with the latest devices, keeping them supported, and allowing IT to focus on more strategic matters. Using outdated technology can impact employee effectiveness more than you think. Lenovo DaaS is a cost-effective solution for using the latest technology in the Modern IT era.
Lenovo DaaS combines devices and services, giving you greater flexibility. Logically works with Lenovo and Intel to provide this solution exclusively to our Managed Services clients. If you’re interested in learning more about our Lenovo DaaS offering, contact us today.