by Tim Mullins
To say the least, it has been a busy year in the corporate world in terms of workplace modernization. Companies are hard at work updating their technology, though not in the traditional sense – rather than improving their offices, they’re giving people the devices and apps they need to be successful outside the office. This process is often chaotic – IT managers are figuring out their plans quickly, on the fly, and in many cases there are serious weaknesses in their strategies.
The truth is it’s quite difficult to deliver IT necessities to a large workforce at scale. According to research from IDC, 25% of IT managers say they’re dealing with too many vendors at once, which adds cost and complexity to the process. Meanwhile, 75% say that issues with licensing terms are causing compliance troubles, and 93% have admitted an inability to maximize the value of their IT investments. Considering all of these facts together, it’s clear: What companies really need is a subscription plan that simplifies the process and makes effective IT procurement automatic.
That’s what Cisco offers. The Cisco Enterprise Agreement (EA) is a buying program that enables organizations of all sizes to buy, consume, and manage the workplace technology they need. A client can sign up for a 3-year or 5-year agreement, and they’ll get one unified plan, with one set of terms and conditions, that covers everything. Enterprise Networking, Data Center, Security, Collaboration, and Meraki are all included.
This level of consistency allows companies to simplify consumption and maximize value. With easier license management, users can deploy software and hardware quickly – and everything is more portable, too. They’ll have easy access to technology whenever and wherever they need it, and implementation will be automatic. Costs will be not only lower, but more predictable as well. When you start paying for everything at one fixed monthly rate, your budget becomes far easier to control.
There are a lot of providers out there that offer IT subscription services, but many of them feature a scattershot collection of disconnected point products. What sets Cisco apart is their ability to provide a complete, end-to-end solution. All the hardware, software, and services you need are included. This model is easy to buy, easy to consume, and easy to manage – and it helps organizations standardize across infrastructure, collaboration, and security.
At Zones, we’re uniquely well positioned to deliver Cisco products and services to our clients. We’ve been a close strategic partner with Cisco for many years, and we understand better than anyone how Cisco solutions help organizations increase operational efficiency and free up resources. When you team up with Cisco and Zones, you’ll see a tangible benefit right away. Connect with us today, and we’ll get to work.
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