Most every business needs a certain amount of hardware in order to continue operations. Whether it's a handful of desktop PCs or a complete data center, that hardware helps perform the functions that translate to profitability. Turning to a third-party hardware maintenance system could mean the difference between a system that runs smoothly and one that costs future opportunity.
The Advantages of Third-Party Hardware Maintenance
Some might balk at the notion of letting someone else handle their hardware. Old aphorisms about who should do a job that you want done right likely come to mind. However, third-party maintenance (TPM) options have shown clear value in the past, and will likely continue to do so thanks to a few simple but powerful points.
- Cost savings. A recent Gartner report found that the savings for a TPM option beat original equipment manufacturer (OEM) rates by between 40 and 70 percent. Additionally, hardware tends to last seven or eight years in a clean data center environment, and that same Gartner report noted that a TPM can really deliver value when hardware holds out that long.
- Minimized downtime. One report from Evolven noted that every minute of unplanned downtime can cost big money, though this varies based on the department. For instance, every minute a human capital management (HCM) department is down equals about $1,000 lost for the business in opportunity and direct costs. For supply chain management, that can spike to $11,000 a minute! Minimizing downtime, therefore, means maximized savings.
- Improve efficiency. One great thing about specialization is that it provides impressive focus. Since TPM firms focus on maintenance, they can deliver the most value on this front. In turn, this means no longer having to detail internal IT staffers to fixing problems and conducting maintenance. That leads to enhanced utility as the staff can do more in the same amount of time without maintenance concerns involved.
- Protected reputation. Stop and consider for a minute what customers and clients think when a key system goes down. Do they wonder why you didn't have a backup in place? Do they think you've been attacked and that valuable data--about them in some cases--has been taken? Will they risk sticking with you in spite of potential losses? Preventing downtime as much as possible helps remove these issues altogether.
Set Yourself Up Right with TPM
With all that value clear and present, the next step is to find the best in TPM operations. Contacting EmconIT is a great place to start, as it has a wide array of skilled technicians to provide that TPM and help reduce downtime, increase cost savings, improve efficiency, and protect reputation. That's a lot of value, and EmconIT can be the best choice to take care of your TPM needs.