DaaS benefits

13th October 2021

From Products To Service – (A look at the rise and benefits of the ‘As A Service’ model)

Andrew Morgan

Hardsoft has a selection of different leasing options to suit various business needs.

Our solutions Leasing solutions aren’t a one size fits all philosophy. With our FLEXI-Lease, Pure Rental and DaaS packages, there are many different approaches to leasing computer hardware depending on the structure of your company.

Devices For Teams is our branded DaaS leasing option. It is one of our most popular packages, particularly among rapidly expanding businesses.

DaaS stands for Device as a Service. It’s unique from other leasing options since it is one of the most comprehensive, flexible and hands-on methods of sourcing computer hardware. With DaaS, you get a close relationship with your supplier, including extensive advice, support and tailoring of your lease.

switch devices Hardsoft’s D4T provides many beneficial features, such as the ability to swap devices, and automatically upgrade and scale the number of devices up and down as required.

The emphasis is on the service, in addition to the hardware provided.

The ‘as a Service’ term may be familiar to many business owners, particularly in B2B settings. SaaS is likely the most familiar iteration of this phrase.

Software as a Service is a well-known phenomenon where businesses pay a subscription for access to the software. DaaS follows a similar track but with products, in this case, computer hardware devices, becoming part of the ongoing subscription service.

6 Apple devices for your team In fact, computer hardware is not the only area where products are embracing subscription models, especially the ‘as a Service’ model.

You might be wondering why this supply chain method is becoming so popular and applied to so many different products and services these days.

Let’s look at the rise of the ‘as a Service’ model and why it is so advantageous for your company.


The Popularity of ‘as a Service’ Models

Software as a Service was the original ‘as a Service’ model and the sector is now worth billions. Since the birth of SaaS, the subscription economy has grown more than 350% in the last 7.5 years.

What’s especially interesting is the sheer scope of very different industries that now offer this structure of service. At first, it was primarily digital products, of course now with DaaS it applies to hardware too. Yet, it goes much further than computers and online digital assets. Subscription style models are everywhere from TV and music to makeup, clothing and furniture.

IaaS, PaaS, Saas, DaaS In addition to SaaS and DaaS, you might come across IaaS, which is Infrastructure as a Service, and PaaS, which is Platform as a Service. Somewhat confusingly, there are also different meanings for SaaS and DaaS. If you’re in the market for these solutions, it is useful to be aware of the many applications of acronyms on the market, lest you mistakenly use the wrong service.

DaaS also stands for Desktop as a Service. This refers to remote cloud desktops.

SaaS can also stand for Security as a Service or Storage as a Service.

Prior to all these cropping up, one would ship or download physical and digital products in a one-time transaction. Now the consumer enters into an ongoing relationship with the supplier which covers far more than just the product itself, but advice, support, strategy, upgrades and more.

Types Of Subscription Models

There are lots of B2B subscriptions out there when it comes to software and computer hardware. Of course, on the end-user side, you’ll be familiar with subscription models, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify, Birchbox and more.

There are, in fact, different versions of subscription models. With services like Netflix for the end-user, you’ll most frequently find fixed-price models. You pay a set amount for the service each month and consume as much as you like.

In the B2B space, it is more common to encounter tiered subscriptions. Businesses love tiered models because it is more affordable, and tailored to the amount of the product they will use in a month or year. They also have the option to upgrade to a higher tier or downgrade should the need arise.

Then there’s a third model which is more similar to renting a house and takes the place of purchasing physical goods that have a large upfront cost.

essential and premium Hardsoft has made leasing computer equipment easy by incorporating the benefits of each of these styles into our leasing solutions. Whether it’s a higher level of service, flexibility, or hyper affordability, you’ll find the right solution with our Pure Rental, DaaS, or FLEXI-Lease.

Even our highly versatile DaaS solution has a tiered element built-in to make it extremely affordable. We have an Essentials and Premium tier for our DaaS solution.

How Are ‘as a Service’ Packages Different From Other Subscriptions?

The main difference is in the name ‘Service’. ‘as a Service’ models typically take a physical or digital product, that typically one would have bought outright in the past and transform it into a subscription model.

The consumer pays less initial cost upfront and can spread that payment into more manageable amounts. This makes it ideal for high priced items and/or items that would be bought in bulk. This is why it is perfect for business computer hardware, which typically is bought en mass and has a big price tag. By spreading the cost, businesses can have better cash flow.

The consumer also has an ongoing service with additional assistance and benefits. For complex items that require maintenance like computer hardware, this is especially useful.

The flexibility, ongoing service and hands-on support are what make DaaS and other ‘as a Service’ models different to other subscriptions.

Benefits of ‘as a Service’ and DaaS

There are many benefits to ‘as a Service’ models and DaaS in particular.

For the supplier, the benefit is obvious. A more reliable, continuous stream of income.

However, ‘as a Service’ has become popular because of the numerous advantages for the consumer.

Benefits include:

  • Spreading cost

  • Constant communication with your supplier

  • Regular status updates

  • Strategy development

  • Flexibility

  • Customisation

  • Predictability

  • Convenience

  • Simplicity

  • Less Risk

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