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Device as a Service: Driving Lower and more Predictable Hardware Costs

By Dick Weisinger

Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) — is a business model for managing the deployment of hardware devices, similar to leasing. It involves outsourcing the procurement and maintenance of devices to an IT solution provider.  Businesses can scale up or down their hardware needs.  It lets businesses update and refresh their devices easily and frequently.  It reduces the headache of managing and maintaining hardware.

Like other as-a-service option, DaaS lets businessed shift device procurement from a CAPEX expenditure to OPEX. It creates a financial model that has more stable expenses and doesn’t require the need to juggle depreciation cycles. It also reduces the burden of IT mainentance and every-day management of devices to a third party.  Another incentive for the model is disposal is included in the costs, which includes collection and removal of data.

DaaS is a trend that is catching on.  IDC found that a quarter of companies were already using DaaS and 20 percent of the remaining companies expect to be using it within the next year.

Tom Mainelli, IDC analyst, commented that “in a world where much of the news around PCs and devices more broadly is often negative, with growth rates going the wrong way, DaaS looks like a promising development for all involved.”

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