What to expect from DaaS and new Windows 10 machines – a welcome gift for Christmas?
As often happens, the launch of a new operating system is accompanied by a raft of fresh machines designed to make the most of it. This time around, it isn’t just about processing speed or storage. There are some meaningful advantages in terms of device security, along with productivity boosters that will make life easier for you users.
There are also new ways to update your fleet without the usual time and effort. We’re talking as-a-service options that cut down your admin time while keeping the finance teams happy. All in all, there’s much to like about this latest round of updates, with less to fear.
As well as being a favourite for the opportunistic cyber-criminal, devices such as laptops and tablets are increasingly targeted. 45% of healthcare data breaches occur when laptops are compromised or stolen, often involving the most private of patient data. Other industries all face the same challenges. And as mandatory data breach (MDB) notification laws come into play, organisations must adjust to stringent compliance demands.
Demonstrating laptop security, then, is a must to earn the trust of customers, and to satisfy compliance requirements. The authentication methods in the new breed of HP/Intel® processor driven machines, including PINs, enhanced biometric tools and start-up BIOS security features, are important improvements to device security.
Flexibility is the name of the game, with boundaries between tablets and laptops blurring in a range of form factors to suit every purpose. Whether gathering geological data, demonstrating products or working from a home-office, there is an option to suit. Having the right machine for the job is vital to achieve peak productivity in every role, so access to a variety of devices allows for everyone to do their job.
If the new form factors delight users, then cutting device administration out of the daily grind will make life easier for the IT team. Devices can be managed as a service, with all updates performed, patches applied, and maintenance issues dealt with. Laptops, tablets, even point of sale (POS) equipment can be provided, and re-allocated, in a cradle-to-grave device as a service (DaaS) model. The saved time can be redirected to business-enhancing activities, so that skilled staff are not caught up in endless admin they are over-qualified to do.
From CAPEX to OPEX
Managing major purchases slows down projects. As we have already seen with other as-a-service options, shifting costs to operational expenditure makes approvals faster, and reduces risk. The same rule applies with devices – and since provisioning machines largely revolves around administration, it is a natural task to offload. The pay-as-you-go approach gives greater flexibility, allowing for very fast provisioning, and handling end-of-life on your behalf. Costs are predictable, so you can budget more accurately.
How do you evaluate DaaS?
CSA is offering a free DaaS assessment, including modelling of the total cost of device ownership via traditional and DaaS models. Our experts can help you to get a clear picture of costs involved, giving you the tools to make an informed choice about your device management future.
Want to Learn More?
To find out about Australia’s first cradle-to-grave device management service, or to book your free assessment, talk to our friendly DaaS team.
About the Authors
Jared is Portfolio Manager for Managed Services at CSA. Jared has over 23 years experience in the IT industry, having built and managed multiple businesses in this time. His objective is to help customers with their challenge of balancing the time and cost of running technology against their strategic IT objectives. Jared’s governance, risk and compliance expertise positions him as a trusted advisor that can advise customers on what can and can’t be delivered as-a-service by a technology partner.Jared Staniland
Darren is Portfolio Manager for Mobility and Collaboration at CSA. Darren has over 20 years’ experience delivering Windows desktop and device solutions across dozens of industries. Darren has built a wealth of experience as a solution architect for a raft of mobility and collaboration technologies and platforms, and loves nothing more than assisting customers from strategy through to execution.Darren Young
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