While companies are slowly transitioning back to office work, most employees are considering hybrid work arrangements, if not retaining their work-from-home (WFH) setup. Because of Covid-19, WFH has become the norm in the past two years pushing (device-as-a-service) DaaS IT and cloud computing into the mainstream. According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS), WFH arrangements have increased by over 8 percentage points during the Delta variant surge, bringing WFH stats to over 40 percent.
As such, DaaS in Australia has gained some traction despite being available for years before the pandemic. As tech giant Lenovo puts it in their white paper, “Device as a Service (DaaS) helps organizations mitigate these costs by taking a typical hardware device (such as a laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile phone), bundling it with a variety of services and software, and offering it to a customer for a monthly subscription fee.” But how does DaaS benefit employees and companies? Here are some of the benefits listed by Statista based on their 2021 survey.
DaaS helps IT teams to focus on other priorities
The digital landscape is growing exponentially and the pressure is mounting for IT departments everywhere. Cyberattacks, data privacy, and cloud computing are just some of the things they have to handle as well, on top of managing hardware and software used by offices. With DaaS IT, however, IT teams can focus on other strategic projects leaving hardware and software maintenance to third-party DaaS suppliers. Around 50 percent of respondents overwhelmingly agree that this is the top benefit for getting DaaS.
DaaS helps companies stay up-to-date
It’s a tough reality that businesses struggle with their capital expenditures as commodities continue to soar. In the past, investing in tech hardware allows 5 to 10 years before upgrading. Today, hardware upgrades happen yearly and in increments, giving businesses a headache. With DaaS, IT device management becomes easier because the model is subscription-based. Third-party providers can easily upgrade hardware without businesses having to invest a lot.
DaaS allows easier hardware scalability
Another related concern with the previous one is scalability. When a business grows, investing in better computers, servers, and other devices goes along with it. Sometimes, minor upgrades require major overhauls or much worse, buying new hardware for an upgrade that does not match the scalability needs of the business. Subscribing to DaaS IT, however, allows more flexible upgrades allowing businesses to scale up according to their needs thus being more cost-efficient.