Service providers are talking every day to small and medium businesses that want to reduce the IT burden, but are unsure of the cost of a new venture like desktop as a service. But what is the actual cost of DaaS? Consider this…
Would you pay $100 per month for Microsoft Office? Sounds ludicrous, doesn’t it? How about if we threw in a couple of other applications… say Adobe Creative Suite, QuickBooks and few other business critical applications? Still not convinced? OK, what if we added a few gigs of storage, business back-up and continuity, access to any of your data on any device and unlimited 24×7 support? And just to keep things interesting, let’s say you never have to buy software upgrades again? Sounds pretty interesting doesn’t it? We call that Desktop as a Service (DaaS).
But what if you are really a naysayer and still don’t believe the relative value of this offer? We might want to take a look DaaS from a different angle. For instance, let’s say you are currently on a mobile data plan from a major service provider. The lowest end price for just a couple of devices (including taxes and service fees) is about $140 per month. That is the ability to talk, text, surf the web, download music and watch a few videos. There are no business critical applications, back-ups, business continuity in the offering. And yet, millions of small business owners pay these fees each and every month without batting an eye.
Last and probably most important, although IT spending for SMBs is actually on the rise, many business owners do not even know what their real IT expenses are. For instance, a firm of 100 employees could spend as much as $200,000 per year on the capital expenditure budget (capex) alone for data center related costs. Amortized over three years, this IT expense would amount to over $160 per month per employee. Add in an IT staff, software purchases plus maintenance agreements, and the cost could be well above $300 per month per employee. Now that $100 per month for DaaS starts to looks very interesting, especially if you are a small business owner trying to save costs and drive profitability.
$100 per month for an Office suite of software? Maybe not… but DaaS… Definitely!