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Maximize Your IT Budgets and Finance Your Server Upgrade with HP


Guest blog from Alan Bowen


When considering a mission-critical server upgrade to handle changes in your business, reduce cost of ownership and improve efficiency--keep in mind one of the more critical considerations will be how to finance the purchase of the new Integrity systems.    To help with this financial concern, Alan Bowen, HP Global Marketing and Business Development Leader for HP Financial Services, was interviewed and he shares insights on how HP Financial Services can help free up capital, retire legacy systems, and maximize your budget.



Aging infrastructure limits a business’s agility and is a drain on IT budgets. As a result too much of the limited IT resources are allocated to operations and tasks that just keep the lights on; limiting investments in innovation to drive greater business value.


Question: How can HP enterprise customers move away from an ownership model to free up capital to drive greater business value?

Alan:  Today’s customers are clamoring for flexibility. Since businesses are dynamic, a traditional ownership model just doesn’t cut it anymore – it’s far too rigid. Customers need to be able to acquire technology in a way that makes sense for their unique needs. For many, this means flexible usage. Customers have become savvy to the fact that technology evolves very quickly – with refresh cycles taking place roughly every three years. The ability to implement the most innovative solution for your business, pay monthly for usage (avoiding huge upfront costs), and be able to upgrade to newer equipment when their business demands, is helping customers innovate on their terms.



As we all are experiencing on a daily basis, the world we live and work in is changing exponentially. Everything has changed in terms of volume, velocity, and variety. The big shifts in the industry — Cloud, Big Data, Social Media, and Mobility — are shaping how businesses will operate. And this is changing the way technology will be built and consumed.


Question: How can HPFS help HP enterprise customers keep on the technology curve at their own pace and based upon their unique requirements and current investments?

Alan:  When it comes to business flexibility, one size does not fit all. The ability to establish a technology refresh cycle capable of ebbing and flowing with our customers' business demands can help ensure your IT infrastructure fits snugly within your enterprise. The ability to invest in the technology you need today with the option to take advantage of next generation equipment when it is launched can provide just that. A good piece of advice – ditch the traditional, linear model of the IT lifecycle. This perspective plots the technology refresh opportunities out at two key moments – implementation and retirement. When you consider your IT lifecycle as a flexible timespan, you can control your technology refresh opportunities aligned with your business needs.



New technology investments are expected to deliver amazing business benefits that are not possible within your current IT infrastructure. And the ROI appears to be terrific. The cost savings in energy are incredible. But at the end of the day, available budget and CAPEX limitations drive our customer’s choices.


Question: How can HPFS help maximize my IT budget?

Alan:   So if you like the fact that flexible usage can provide you with more options to acquire and manage your technology, you should know that  it doesn’t stop at hardware alone. The ability to customize your IT lifecycle with a bundled solution, including hardware, software and services into a single payment, could help you maximize your complete IT budget from end to end, and put the right equipment within your reach when you need it.



Going green means more than just reducing energy consumption. It also means having a thoughtful and conscientious approach to recycling IT assets but not at the expense of securing corporate data.


Question: How can I optimize IT retirement of my legacy systems?

Alan:  What do you think of when you hear the phrase “asset recovery”? If you’re like many companies, you likely think of a single activity – IT removal. However, IT retirement is not just the time to consider what you need to get rid of. Rather, it’s a huge opportunity to improve your business operations globally.

Here are a few ways that a proactive asset recovery strategy can help improve your business:

  • Streamline your business processes and improve global consistency for any size business.
  • Remarket before you recycle, for potential cash back in your pocket
  • Responsibly remove and recycle no longer useful equipment, including global compliance with data security and environmental legislation.
  • Maintain your brand credibility, with an asset recovery strategy that includes proper data wiping and destruction


As you consider a server upgrade, HP Financial Services and Integrity systems combine to provide both the technology advantage and a way to finance the new systems.   Learn more about Integrity system upgrades and HP Financial Services




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I am the director of marketing for HPE GreenLake and have had the opportunity to work with many HPE experts and colleagues on our as a Service offerings.


Excellent content, both in the Mission Critical Computing blog and the pdf that HPFS developed with BCS. Thanks.