IBM launched a PC leasing scheme last week aimed at helping corporates stay abreast of the latest technologies.
The service, which will be available later this month, allows customers to acquire, manage and exchange their PCs and other IT assets through resellers in return for a single monthly payment.
According to IBM, the SystemCare programme will also address lifecycle management, freeing up capital resources redeployed in other areas.
Although IBM already offers PC leasing programmes, they require customers to purchase service contracts and hardware separately. Under SystemCare, all the leasing is handled under the one contract.
Mike Lunch, UK managing director of the IBM PC Company, said: "Every conversation I have with customers, whether a large customer such as BT or a smaller one, comes down to the same thing - cost of ownership and the problem of short lifecycles."
Lunch compared the problem to that of company cars: "A few years ago, companies spent large amounts of money managing fleets of cars when it had nothing whatsoever to do with their core business. Now most companies lease cars for one payment a month. Why not do the same with PCs?"
SystemCare integrates PC hardware and network management software technologies, with financing, services and support options.
A key feature of the programme is SystemCare Technology Exchange, which allows customers to upgrade hardware after two years.
Commenting on SystemCare, Joseph Pucciarelli, research director at the Gartner Group, said: "The increasing complexity of IT infrastructure and solutions is a key strategic issue and will underpin IT planning through the next decade. As a result, many IT organisations at both medium and large enterprises will systematically seek out and reduce technology complexity to improve IT effectiveness and reduce the total cost of ownership, which for a typical connected PC is estimated to cost $13,187 (#8,242) annually over its three-year useful life."
SystemCare covers a range of IBM products, including the PC 300 desktop series, LAN Client Control Manager software, and ThinkPad 760XD and ThinkPad 760XL notebooks.
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