Over the last several years, the initial sale price of computer
systems has decreased substantially. SMBs have benefited from
this because now they can afford to equip all of their employees
with computers. This allows employees to be more productive,
which in turn impacts the ability of SMBs to be competitive
and profitable. Everyone wins – right?
This picture is often the selling point of computer manufacturers
who want the very large SMB market to buy millions of systems.
What many SMBs soon discover, however, is that the initial
sale price is not a reflection of what computers really costs
the business over time. Smart SMBs have begun to look not
only at initial sale price, but also the total cost of ownership
At SyAM Software, we believe that TCO is a reflection of
- Initial sale price
- Ongoing maintenance
- Power consumption,
- IT staff salaries While SyAM Software cannot help bring
down the initial cost of systems, there is a great deal
we can do to addresses maintenance, power, and administrator
Maintenance costs are realized in the price of replaceable
components. SyAM Software’s products help reduce maintenance
costs with our proactive monitoring and alerting capabilities
that go beyond red-light green-light status. Our software
allows administrators to understand what is about to be a
problem and fix it before it leads to multiple component failures,
saving an organization money. For instance, if a fan is not
cooling at appropriate levels, this can lead to burnout of
multiple components. Our software alerts administrators to
these “amber-state” issues so they can be addressed before
failures occur. This can save hundreds or thousands of dollars
per machine per year.
Power consumption is a major financial drain on many organizations.
SyAM Software’s products can save thousands of dollars annually
on power costs. To learn more about how SyAM Software’s products
can reduce power consumption by as much as 40% or more, please
see Power Management.
The productivity of administrators is a significant factor
in the TCO picture. A machine that only cost $400 initially
can suddenly cost $800 or more if an administrator has to
spend several days working on it. SyAM Software helps administrators
be much more productive in several key ways:
We empower their vision so they can drill down and identify
root causes of issues quickly, shortening time to solution
and decreasing costs.
We empower them to resolve many issues remotely, eliminating
or reducing time-consuming desk-side visits.
We empower them to monitor and manage the entire IT infrastructure
– servers, storage, desktops, and notebooks – all without
leaving their desk.
We virtually eliminate expensive and time-consuming training
by delivering a product that is intuitive and easy to use.
If an administrator who formerly managed only 50 systems can
now manage 100 systems using our products, the cost burden
associated with the administrator’s salary can now be distributed
across twice as many systems, making them half as expensive
from a TCO perspective.
But how much money can this really save? Let’s take an example
and analyze standard operating costs with and without SyAM