HP To Offer Device-As-A-Service For Printers, PCs

On Thursday, June 30, HP Inc. has announced that it plans to provide companies with printers, personal computers and other devices as part of a service.

According to The Wall Street Journal, HP will offer to its corporate customers a new device-as-a-service (DaaS) business model. For having access to HP computing equipment, the organizations will have to pay a fixed monthly fee per employee. As PC makers deal with weak demand and other pressures, this is the latest example of shifting business models.

The publication eWeek reports that by using HPI DaaS as a single contract with no upfront investment (per seat, per month), enterprises can now obtain HP's latest tablets, PCs, printers and other devices. HP aims to improve its business model by looking for new ways to market the devices it makes.

The company unveiled its DaaS initiative that for the last few months has already been up and running with several of its clients. On Wednesday, June 29, Bill Avey, HPI's Vice-President and General Manager of Support Services told a conference call of reporters and analysts that the limited program has worked very well until now, so the company has decided to bring it out for general availability.

Avey said that more and more Millennials enter the work force, expecting to find fast, small, light and up-to-date tools to use, while older employee might want bigger keyboards and screen. As workforce become more diverse, work tools need to adjust and fit the needs. If the companies are not adapting the IT tools to their workforce, the employee will find workarounds by using their own tablets, smartphones, laptops and applications, Avey added. However, this solution raises difficulties for the enterprise security professionals.

With no upfront investment, companies can now obtain HP's latest devices by using HPI DaaS as a single contract. While allowing for predictable annual costs, the DaaS approach frees up IT resources and time, Avey said. This certainly makes it much easier for enterprises to acquire, deploy and manage all those devices.

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