Hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) is a business model that mimics the popular software-as-a-service model. It is a new way of approaching hardware and is becoming more widespread among all types of industries and business sizes.
Here’s how hardware-as-a-service works and why you might want to consider this approach within your business.
What Is Hardware-as-a-service?
Hardware-as-a-service consists in a way of delivering hardware accompanied by other complementary components such as software, maintenance and support, within a monthly pre-packaged offer. Similar to the software-as-a-service approach, technology service providers offer an “always-on, continuously updated” approach to hardware acquisition for businesses.
For example, instead of buying several new laptops and adding installation, security and support services for these devices, businesses can opt to pay a monthly fee, that includes everything they need with the devices and will offer scheduled refreshes of the devices every couple of years, within the same monthly package. The hardware is ”rented” and is offered within a utility model to businesses, helping them normalize cost and benefit from constantly refreshed and up-to-date devices, instead of capitalizing these assets and worrying about their devices aging.
The Benefits of Hardware-as-a-service
One of the main benefits of HaaS is that businesses know exactly how much they need for budget and what’s included, within a set monthly or yearly package. It results in an easy-to-budget approach to hardware acquisition and disposal, without any of the hassle that can happen when hardware acquisition or refresh arises.
Leverage Technology Service Providers (TSPs).
This model leverages TSPs to manage and support your equipment so that you can focus your resources on your business and not your IT.
Businesses today are fluid entities. Depending on market conditions, economic conditions, competitive environments and other influences, they may have to increase or decrease the number of people they employ.
The HaaS model has the flexibility to adapt to the changing environment of businesses.
Obsolescence Is Not An Issue
HaaS offers businesses the flexibility to refresh technology on a regular basis without the worries that come with maintaining or owning the equipment.
This means you won’t have to worry about the equipment becoming obsolete as refreshing the technology is built into the program. From a business perspective, this is a big advantage as you will always be up to date with the latest technology to maximize productivity and efficiency.
Hardware-as-a-service can be a cost-effective solution for businesses of all sizes that are looking to normalize cost without having to worry about staying up-to-date on the latest technologies to meet their needs. Its worry-free approach also allows organizations to effectively focus on more meaningful areas of the business while knowing that the technology side of things is being taken care of.
For more information on how HAAS could be beneficial for your business or how your business could leverage this model, contact one of our MicroAge locations.