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Benefits of Device-as-a-Service or DaaS for Small Businesses

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DaaS can assist in providing an end-to-end solutions, including hardware, peripherals, and managed services to simplify and reduce overall IT costs.

When we think of work and the devices we use for work, many of us will readily mention a desktop computer, or a laptop and move on. Not too long ago, the “corporate” way of doing work was to rely on a particular device, say a desktop computer device that had enough ‘power user’ specifications, to ensure productivity. Laptops were not the main stay of any ‘serious worker’ since they were under powered and super expensive to warrant purchasing it for business use.

Today, thanks to cloud services like Amazon’s AWS, Google’s G Suite of productivity apps, Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure, and the availability and stability of high-speed internet access, it is now possible to offload much of the work that needed powerful computers to the cloud.

That means that no matter which device we use, we are now able to transition work between devices and have the confidence that everything will be in-sync. In addition, it is also now possible for less powerful devices (like a Chromebook, for example) to become much more capable by tapping into file systems hosted in the cloud.

However, according to Forrester Research, about 74 percent of information workers use two or more devices for work — and 52 percent use three or more! To top it off, it is estimated that about 14 percent of employees use six or more corporate-issued or approved tech devices.

These devices include what Brian Hughes calls “the battlewagon” – company laptop, workstation/desktop computer, company provisioned mobile phone, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) desk phone, personal mobile phone, and a couple of tablet computers of varying sizes and use-cases.

While small organizations may not have a major problem in trying to secure and manage an increasingly diverse landscape of endpoints, larger organizations will struggle to get a handle on it.

As Brian Hughes advises, businesses that have bogged down employees with too many devices could simplify things for the people in the trenches by shifting to cloud infrastructure. This is where outsourced device management services can help.

By adopting a Device as a Service or DaaS model, organizations can make device management and general Information Technology (IT) servicing, easier. DaaS can provide employees with the latest technologies while offloading routine device management tasks—and freeing IT for other priorities.

This would allow for better collaboration and minimize the overhead associated with internal server maintenance. An employee could rely on just a laptop and a smartphone (just two devices) for everything they do.

What is Device as a Service?

As IT budgets contract, businesses and organizations want to realize increased efficiency in he  life-cycles of their devices and hardware, from procurement, deployment, support and management, to refresh. Device-as-a-Service, or DaaS will assist by providing an end-to-end solution, including hardware, peripherals, and managed services. It is designed to simplify and reduce your overall IT cost, and allow your business to focus on what’s important.

DaaS allows customers to streamline their asset planning and IT management burdens, and operate with reliable high performance. The service can reduce the money you invest upfront on technology hardware, and the unforeseen costs of outfitting an organization with a fleet of hardware. More importantly, Daas service helps with management, so you can redirect resources to core where they are most needed.

Here are some ways small businesses can benefit from DaaS:

1. Deploy New DaaS Devices With Flexibility

In a DaaS model, your service provider ensures you always have the right devices to meet workforce demands. You can easily scale up or scale down to accommodate staffing or business changes.

2. DaaS Can Help Improve Productivity

Forcing legacy devices to keep up with recent innovations is risky and can impact employee productivity. Performance features, support, and security can come built in to the latest devices and operating  systems.

3. Secure End-user Devices

With proper business need analysis, an organization can track the enforcement of security policies such as firewalls, encryption, password protection, antivirus protection, and device lock and wipe. The right DaaS partner can help you proactively approach security threats by providing the latest technologies.

4. Keep Devices Up To Date

With device and software refreshes and updates as part of your DaaS plan, your end users will always have the latest technologies for optimal productivity.

5. Save Money and IT Resources

By offloading device management to a trusted partner, your IT team can spend less time troubleshooting and maintaining devices and focus on other  priorities. Plus, optimize  spending with one predictable price per device.

6. DaaS Provides Unified End-point Management

By handing off some or all of your daily device monitoring and security tasks, you can optimize your IT assets and resources. DaaS offers  hardware, analytics, support, and a full portfolio of services that span the entire device life-cycle. DaaS solutions also includes plans in which your service provider  solution experts take on day-to-day device management, so you can focus on new technologies and on supporting your users.

Efficiency is vital for every small or medium-sized business or organization, especially when it comes to IT expenditures. Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a subscription service from that bundles hardware, software, configuration, security, and services into a single manageable fee.

Do more with less, count on comprehensive support, and focus on what you do best.

Tech Prognosis can perform a no obligation assessment of your business to see if you are a fit for Device-as-a-Service. Call us today at (512) 814-8044.

You can also reach us by using our contact us form.

We’ll handle the IT while you focus on what you do best.

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