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April 18, 2023 | Jamil King

How Pushing for More Everything as-a-Service Models (Xaas) Increases Your Recurring Revenue and Gives Customers What They Want

Managed service providers can use cloud-based subscription models to provide customers with flexible payment options and scalable solutions, turning everything as a service (XaaS) into MRR.

Should everything be a “service”?

We now consume almost everything as a subscription. Netflix, Zoom, and meal kits make it easy to try out different products and services at a low cost. However, the “as a service” model can offer more than streaming the latest show or delivering a ready-made meal to your doorstep. In the channel, as-a-service models represent the next phase of providing customizable and scalable technology solutions to customers in mission-critical industries such as the public sector, military, and utilities. For managed service providers and value-added resellers, there’s an opportunity to extend this model to small and medium businesses in other industries as well.

As the workforce becomes more remote and workflows more digital, everything as a service (XaaS) opens the doors for more connected and flexible hardware and software offerings. In many cases, as-a-service models can provide additional resource and infrastructure for surge cycles as well. XaaS relies on the cloud to improve customer engagement, enhance business operations, increase workforce efficiency, reduce costs, and offer better support and maintenance. Additionally, XaaS often leverages subscription payment models, which provide an alternative revenue stream for the channel. In 2021, 55% of the IT sector invested in one or more types of XaaS, and 75% of business leaders reported that their organization consumes more than half of its IT through as-a-service subscription models.

Most important, 88% of business leaders and decision makers believe that XaaS is crucial to their organizations in this digital transformation era. Like consumers, organizations prefer to pay for solutions and services as needed rather than owning depreciating assets for the sake of owning. The flexibility of XaaS allows SMBs to invest in a wide array of hardware and software solutions while reducing capital outlay. With many business leaders reporting that XaaS gives them a competitive advantage, MSPs and VARs have an opportunity to shift their focus and provide tailored solution lifecycle management to their customers. This is also a key area of revenue growth for the channel, which has historically been slower to embrace revenue models outside of traditional hardware sales.

A Channel Partner’s Role in XaaS

Channel partners are an essential element of the XaaS equation. Solution lifecycle management requires scalable resources that support, service, secure, and maintain deployments. A customer can buy a product from anyone, but the best channel partners provide more than just a product—they provide a complete technology ecosystem.

XaaS also helps channel partners become trusted advisers. With so many options available, customers need partners to help them navigate the noise to find the most relevant and beneficial solutions. By implementing an XaaS model, MSPs can bring together the best hardware and software for the ideal combination of solutions to meet their customers’ unique business needs.

In addition, XaaS keeps channel partners relevant. With a foot in both the physical and digital space, XaaS helps channel partners understand and support a customer’s entire IT infrastructure—from devices to software, upgrades to maintenance. Demands are different in the channel. Here, customers need services, such as battery management and drop tracking, which aren’t typical of general enterprise solutions and services. For example, a police force may need to outfit a new fleet of vehicles with rugged devices, but they also want to ensure officers can upgrade to the latest hardware and software quickly and seamlessly. With an XaaS model, the force can continually upgrade devices, either physically with new products or digitally with software updates, to ensure they are always connected and can keep their communities safe. By integrating an entire solution ecosystem as XaaS, channel partners can meet customer needs quickly and effectively every time.

Next Steps for MSPs and VARs

The rugged and mission-critical as-a-service space is maturing as customization, modularity, and broader digital solutions advance. By offering XaaS, MSPs and VARs can ensure their customers’ solution ecosystems meet their needs and adapt to their future.

XaaS also builds trust and loyalty within the channel, resulting in continued partnerships and increased revenue streams. While it may be challenging for established solution providers and resellers to adopt a new business model, implementing XaaS will benefit customers and business revenue today and moving forward.

SMBs cannot afford to acquire multiple, stand-alone solutions from a cost or efficiency standpoint. Using XaaS, channel partners can help them get the best hardware and software solutions without sacrificing other key areas of their businesses, such as R&D or marketing.

XaaS is not just a catchy slogan for the channel; it’s the future of meeting customer needs through flexible, scalable, secure, and efficient technology ecosystems.

JAMIL KING is the director of the U.S. mobility channel for Panasonic Connect North America. He has over 20 years of sales and sales management experience in IT, global manufacturing, healthcare, and the enterprise reseller channel. King empowers his teams to maximize ROI for customers through long-lasting, consultative relationships with a focus on enhancing the user experience and improving business outcomes. He drives Panasonic Connect’s push toward the future of rugged mobility, supporting solutions built around scalable technology ecosystems.


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