Along with their inevitable digital transformation, companies must transform their IT management to work faster, smarter and in a way that benefits the company. IT-as-a-Service is one facet of this ongoing revolution.
ITaaS: what are we talking about?
The idea behind the concept of IT as a service (ITaaS) is simple: to give the company’s internal customers the power to choose the equipment they really need, to pay only for what they use and get it quickly.
Any global corporate IT can be declined in “service” mode. It is no longer a question of buying hardware or software, but rather of paying for its use and thus adjusting the IT infrastructure to the real needs of a business in terms of data usage, storage and exchange.
In this model, the IT department is constantly looking for the best technology at the best price and negotiates Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with selected external partners.
The ITaaS approach improves the overall technological performance of a company: increased flexibility, transparency and cost control, greater responsiveness. Software, servers, IT or telecom platforms are largely relocated to data centers and rented on demand.
However, moving to an ITaaS model is not an easy task as it implies being able to establish a privileged dialogue with trusted external partners, which involves a very different mindset.
Leasing-as-a-Service: an effective model for financing ITaaS
For your technological investments and IT infrastructure, you have the choice between purchase and different leasing or renting options.
The emerging trend is a scalable renting formula that allows you to pay for the usage rather than invest in expensive and rapidly obsolescing equipment. Costs are adjusted according to actual usage.
With a monthly lease fee, you benefit not only from the use of your equipment but also from associated services: maintenance, insurance and management of the equipment end-of-life. This increases your productivity and profitability.
An agile and more economical formula
You have complete control over your costs: no unforeseen expenses. By aligning your corporate IT costs (hardware, software and all related services) to the actual usage and needs of internal users, your IT infrastructure can evolve swiftly with your company’s real needs.
Leasing-as-a-Service moves you from IT management in project mode (slow and costly to implement) to a model focused on consumption and services. This allows you to focus on the essential: improving the performance of your services.
IT evolves from a cost center to a growth engine
Today, most employees are autonomous, mobile and connected. They are much more demanding and informed than in the past. And they do not hesitate to use external suppliers, without going through the IT department, making it difficult to manage and harmonize the IT infrastructure.
Over the years, servers, terminals storage systems and operating costs have exploded: support, maintenance, space, consumption, etc. No economies of scale are possible.
By choosing LaaS, your company benefits from an infrastructure sized for its real needs. And if they evolve, you can quickly implement the most appropriate solution to enhance employee mobility and connectivity.
Financial and administrative benefits of LaaS
Companies do like the “as-a-service” approach because of the following advantages:
- Minimum initial investment
- Regular and predictable expenses.
- Financial transparency
- Better monitoring of equipment
- Faster and more regular updates and patches
- Support for the end of equipment life
- Processing of computer data in accordance with the DGMP
Conclusion: Lessons learned from ITaaS
Developing a transparent financial model for ITaaS is an ongoing process that ensures greater responsiveness to more demanding internal users and better control over the actual cost and performance of the equipment and services used.