Oct 9, 2023 1:03:28 PM by: Jill Duran

In today's dynamic business landscape, technology has become the backbone of innovation and operational efficiency. As enterprises strive to remain competitive and agile, the concept of Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) has emerged as a game-changing approach. However, many system integrators struggle to grasp the TaaS sale, offering it only as a financial workaround when projects lack capital. TaaS is a strategic, fully managed solution that transcends traditional ownership models, delivering a host of benefits that significantly elevate the customer experience and drive tangible business outcomes. To only use it when budget constraints emerge is doing an enormous disservice to its value and purpose.

The following post unpacks the true value of TaaS, explaining how it is much more than a band-aid for customers who lack capital and dives into the misguided idea that ownership of technology is a necessity when in fact it merely offers a false sense of control.

Going Beyond Capital Constraints: The True Essence of TaaS

While TaaS does address capital constraints, it is far more than a simple financial arrangement. It serves as a gateway to unparalleled access, utilization, and management of cutting-edge technology for your customers. Here's how TaaS is redefining the technological landscape:

01. Comprehensive, Fully Managed Solution

TaaS encompasses the entire technology lifecycle – from procurement and installation to ongoing maintenance, upgrades, and eventual refresh or disposal. This end-to-end management ensures that businesses can focus on their core operations without the distractions, disruptions, & resource drain associated with the constant cycle of traditional technology ownership. After all, most customers are not in the business of owning and managing technology, but system integrators are the experts.

02. Elevated Customer Experience

TaaS providers act as strategic partners, aligning technology solutions with the unique needs and goals of each business. By offering tailored, well-integrated systems, TaaS enhances user experience and productivity, resulting in their customers having higher employee satisfaction and customer engagement.

03. Minimized Operational Disruptions

Traditional technology ownership often entails unexpected downtime, in-house management, repairs, maintenance, & more – all of which disrupt operations and result in unpredictable costs. TaaS eliminates these interruptions, guaranteeing consistent performance, reduced downtime, and optimized technology resources.

04. Outcome-Focused Approach

Unlike technology ownership models that emphasize possession and only provide a false sense of enhanced control, TaaS centers around outcomes. It is designed to support business objectives and facilitate growth by ensuring that technology evolves in tandem with changing requirements, technology advancements, and industry trends.

The Fallacy of Ownership: A Costly Misconception

Time and time again we hear the statement, “My customer has the cash to buy it outright they don’t need technology-as-a-service.” This is a naïve mindset in today’s environment. Even for businesses with ample capital resources, outright technology ownership presents a deceptive allure and a false sense of control. Upon closer examination, it becomes evident that capital expense ownership models are simply a poor use of capital. Let’s unpack why this approach is riddled with inefficiencies and large, often unexpected costs:

01. After-Tax Dollar Consideration

Purchasing technology outright might seem like a sensible choice, but we have been conditioned to believe that when we own something we have more control and power. However, technology solutions are nonrevenue-generating assets. In addition, they rapidly depreciate the day after they are installed. This is due in part to the pace at which technology advances and more importantly the large amounts of unavoidable non-recoverable costs (i.e. Manufacturer margin, distributor margin, integrator margin, licensing, installation, and sometimes comprehensive with extensive labor, programming, software, design, warranty, training, etc.). This can make up 30-50% of a solution's purchase price. These costs are non-recoverable because after installation none of it can be returned. Any sane financial and economic professional would easily advise, whenever possible, to avoid using large amounts of after-tax dollars on these types of expenses. Technology is a necessity, but with TaaS, organizations now have a more predictable, use-based monthly payment structure that conserves valuable financial resources.

02. Rapid Technological Obsolescence

In the fast-paced world of technology, innovation waits for no one. Just look at the research & development budgets for some of the leading manufacturers in the technology space:

  • Microsoft spends 12% of revenue on R&D ($24.5 Billion)
  • Cisco spends 13% of revenue on R&D ($6.8 Billion)
  • Axis Communications spends 19% of revenue on R&D ($258 Million)
  • Barco spends 13% of revenue on R&D ($115 Million)

The technology that appears cutting-edge today quickly becomes obsolete tomorrow, leading to the need for frequent technology refreshes and replacements. That results in expenses most organizations cannot justify. TaaS eliminates this financial hurdle, ensuring that businesses always have access to the modern technology solutions they need, and they never have to worry about stunting growth and change due to technology obsolescence.

03. Limited Scalability

As businesses grow and expand, their technology requirements evolve. The solution that worked for an organization today, may not be suitable tomorrow. Outright ownership locks customers into solutions that can hinder growth. TaaS, on the other hand, offers flexibility and scalability, allowing seamless adjustments as businesses change and grow. (Discover the exclusive feature included in TAMCO’s TaaS program, the Solution Replacement Guarantee.)

04. Ongoing Maintenance Overheads

Any technology solution will require maintenance, repairs, upgrades, etc. When an organization owns its technology, they are then responsible for these needs and the extra costs. Often, they can be unpredictable and strain resources. With TaaS these maintenance and support services are fully managed by the system integrator as a part of the comprehensive subscription service the customer pays monthly for in turn streamlining budgeting, financial planning, and operational efficiency.

Embrace the TaaS Revolution for Lasting Success

As the business landscape evolves, embracing technology-as-a-service emerges as a strategic imperative. TaaS is so much more than a tool to combat capital constraints. In fact, to see it from only that angle is remarkably devaluing of what this model of procurement can provide to both the customer and a system integrator.

Whether capital-constrained or not, TaaS offers a path to optimized resource allocation, enhanced user experiences, minimal operational disruptions, and a laser focus on tangible outcomes. By reframing the mindset for buying technology from ownership to service, businesses position themselves for sustained growth, innovation, and success in an era where technology is the driving force behind progress. Don't just invest in technology; organizations should invest in a partnership that propels businesses toward a future of limitless possibilities.

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