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Upgrading the City of Sidney: Why Hardware as a Service (HaaS) made it possible.

by Matt Hall on October 12, 2015
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An article published in the Sidney Herald last week discussed Pine Cove’s proposal to the city for a complete technology refresh. Among other items on the council agenda, Pine Cove consultant Matt Hall proposed an entire infrastructure and device upgrade, as well as year-round IT services to remedy the challenges the city was facing with their IT initiatives. All of this was proposed in a packaged annual fee allowing the city to budget and sustain this level of technology now and into the future. This type of solution is defined as Hardware as a Service (HaaS).

What makes Sidney a great client for HaaS?

The city of Sidney is one of many clients who suffer from outdated infrastructure and devices. Sidney had major issues due to aging technology, such as four major server crashes in a matter of three months, according to Clerk Jessica Redfield. These crashes caused billing delays, delays in operations, and loss of data.

And like most local government entities, budgeting is limited. It can be difficult to pay for all new technology up front, even if all aspects of the technology needs to be updated (read more on system upgrades here.) 

Why Consider HaaS?

We spoke with Matt Hall (Pine Cove) on the importance of Hardware as a Service. What makes HaaS the perfect solution for Sidney and other related clients?

  1. Allows clients to get more out of their technology for a lesser cost.
  2. Focuses technology towards an operational expense, rather than a capital expense

  3. Services complete infrastructure

  4. Keeps everything under warranty.

  5. Putting HaaS into the budget allows for refreshes and quality, consistent technology.

Why Consider Pine Cove to Aid In Your IT Initiatives?

  1. We are affordable.
    PCC recognizes that technology is expensive to replace, so we offer a variety of payment options and work with each individual budget.
  1. We want to partner.
    "We don’t just “go in and look at what they have and give a replacement cost,” we are there for the long run. (Matt Hall). We plan, implement, and support long-term initiatives that we take full responsibility for, for the lifespan of that equipment.
  2. We ask you what you want. 
    Pine Cove understands that, as technology changes, so do your plans for the future. Which is why we continually analyze your organization to make sure we are adhering to your organizational objectives. You can’t have the same technology plan for every upgrade if your business plan is not the same.

Want to learn what more about Hardware as a Service ? Read our pros and cons here. Learn about the importance of upgrading all IT infrastructure with our obsolescence blog.

Wish to talk to one of our IT consultants for further information? Contact us to see how we can help you.


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