Technology industry analysts and seasoned business executives have difficulty putting a hard figure on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of today's traditional SMB application solutions. In computing the cost of software, businesses tend to focus on the purchase price. Yet even when fully operational, software is never free. It must be supported, maintained and upgraded.
Beyond the purchase price, the ‘hidden’ costs are: implementation, training, support, maintenance and all subsequent upgrades. Also included should be the cost of ‘downtime’ while the business tries to figure out how to fix the software should it fail. Together, the hidden costs of software can easily exceed the original purchase price by a factor of 100-200%!
How do SMB software costs break down? The U.S. Department of Commerce study shows that software purchase expenditures account for only approximately 30 percent of the total. The biggest hidden cost is represented by labor expenditures ranging from 37 percent for support and 33 percent related to software getting the software up and running. The numbers translate to a ratio of 1:2, software license to management/labor costs; and 1:1 license fee to implementation.
Getting Rid of Hidden SMB Software Costs
Today’s technology allows small and medium business more choices than ever before. Today, unlike just a few short years ago, SMB organizations can eliminate all the hidden costs in one decision. How? By outsourcing all software via services.
It is as easy as that. Instead of having all the software ‘owned/licensed’ by the business, SMBs can subscribe to
- Expertise — the provider knows software and services better than anyone else. You focus on your business, not the technology.
- Economy of Scale — software can be maintained, supported and upgraded through standardized processes and automation. The solutions easily scale up as you need them to, never holding back your business.
- Reliability and Performance — in the highly competitive software industry, software providers have a vested interest in continually upgrading and improving product performance and services. You are assured of the greatest and best performing solution to propel your business forward.
In the end, the real savings are achieved when your business runs better, faster and less expensively, giving you a competitive edge in your market.
SMB Software without Hidden Costs
SMBs around the world now have access to industrial-strength financial, customer management, and