Perhaps you’re happy with the conventional model for IT provision: big capital investment up front; substantial maintenance costs thereafter; all the risks staying with you? If so, please look away now. On the other hand, if you want to know how to get real business benefits from IT while managing costs, read on.
Most businesses contract hire their vehicles these days. That way they avoid a large capital outlay, get full tax offset for their payments and transfer some, or all, of the operating risk to the supplier. In the most flexible contract hire deals, you can even change the type of car or van during the term if your needs change. By the same token, the best deals will include maintenance, excise duty, replacement vehicles if necessary and sometimes even insurance.
Your outlay is usually a single fixed monthly payment, with no uncertainty over the whole term of the contract.
Why can’t IT be like this?
This is the point of Cloud Services like DesktopLive+ that let you contract hire your IT. You get a full IT solution for a fixed, tax-deductible monthly payment. Your costs are aligned to the number of users you have – so if you reduce headcount, your costs reduce, and if you add people, the IT cost increase is completely predictable and linear. When it’s time to upgrade, you just carry on with the same payments and the provider delivers new kit, again just like a contract-hire car.
Good Cloud Services also go beyond the contract-hire model. Whether you buy or hire your car, it’s the same car. However, most SMEs won’t be able to justify the investment needed to buy IT of the same quality that you can rent quite affordably from providers like Managed Networks. These providers have made huge investments in resilience, flexibility and performance; their rental model lets them spread the costs over multiple customers, making enterprise-grade IT available at SME prices.
The cost savings aren’t just in the purchase of kit and licensing. Don’t forget that Cloud Services can remove the need for you to have purpose built server rooms on-site, with their associated air-conditioning, power and security requirements.
More importantly, good Cloud Services include all the costs of maintenance and support in the single monthly fee – like having a service plan, warranty and roadside assistance cover included in your hire contract. The cloud provider’s support team will work with you to make sure your users get the best value from their service. Choose the right provider and you don’t need any internal technical staff – any more than you need in-house mechanics if you contract hire your vehicle fleet.
More than ever, Cloud is the answer whether you want to manage cash, mitigate risk or maximise productivity.
Call us now on 0800 783 6170 to discuss how DesktopLive+ could help you do more and spend less.