Tech Data Debuts Tech-as-a-Service for Channel

Tech Data has launched tech-as-a-service (TaaS), which enables solution providers to bundle hardware, software and services into a single monthly subscription.

TaaS allows customers to scale their services up or down throughout the course of their subscription term, providing the ability to adjust to changing business conditions. TaaS, available immediately in the U.S. and during the first quarter of 2018 in Canada, combines Tech Data’s end-to-end technology portfolio and logistics capabilities with its unique expertise and specialized services.

“Through this new end-to-end model, our customers can enable their clients to grow in next-generation technologies without a large capital outlay, by allowing end customers to pay a monthly subscription,” said Linda Rendleman, vice president, Product Marketing, Endpoint Solutions at Tech Data. “Best of all, our channel partners are able to share cutting-edge technologies that their customers need to run their businesses—while leveraging Tech Data’s specialized services or delivering their own—all under one subscription.”

Industry analyst firm IDC predicts that 35 percent of Fortune 1000 companies will have a device-as-a-service (DaaS) agreement in place by 2019. Through its TaaS offering to channel partners, end customers have the ability to deploy only what’s needed, increase worker productivity, reduce IT and procurement workload, and cut costs by bundling hardware and services.

“DaaS has the potential to upend the corporate device chain with far-reaching impact across the organization,” said Linn Huang, research director at IDC. “Promises of cost flexibility and savings, IT workload reduction and accelerated refresh cadence should resonate well with finance, IT and end users, respectively.”