Hardware company turned service provider Wang is contemplating novel forms of outsourcing. In an interview with 'CM Corporate', the company's president of international business, Mias van Vuuren, predicted that, within a year, the company will be able to offer 'per-seat' pricing for PC outsourcing. For a fixed price, Wang would take care of tasks such as purchase, installation and help desk.
According to Van Vuuren, this would be a response to the business world's recent interest in the so-called 'total cost of ownership' of PCs. This cost is hotly debated, but was recently estimated by Gartner Group analysts at almost $10,000 per year. Van Vuuren hopes that companies that are unsure of the true cost of their PCs, but are worried about these estimates, will be attracted to the offer of a fixed price.
He would not say how high he expected that price to be. "No-one is offering such per-seat pricing today, because no one has figured out how to do it," he said.
Wang, which earlier this month sold its software branch to Kodak, is now a $1.3 billion company specialising in desktop and network services.
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