HCI portal for SMBs launched

SMBs will be able to implement the government’s Home Computing Initiative (HCI) for staff via a new online portal from Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Computacenter.

SMBs will be able to implement the government’s Home Computing Initiative (HCI) for staff via a new online portal...

from Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Computacenter.

The portal aims to enable SMBs to manage and administer a HCI scheme online, thus reducing the administration costs involved in running the initiative. The joint online initiative will allow employees to apply for a tax-exempt loan of a Fujitsu Siemens desktop PC or laptop, which will come with the latest Microsoft software, full technical support and a three-year warranty. 

The portal will be accessible by both employers and employees who will be able to seek more information about the scheme and make their order online via the Computacenter website, using a secure username and password. Employers will be able to manage the financial aspects associated with the scheme online and arrange employees’ payments against the loan through a direct contribution from their salary. Computacenter says this can save employees up to 40% off typical high street prices.

Roger Smith, HCI sales director at Computacenter, says, “We are launching this portal to help the SMB community enhance their employee benefits package and help them to compete with larger organisations when recruiting staff.

Jeff Kirkham, HCI business manager at Fujitsu Siemens Computers, adds, “HCI is often associated with larger businesses that have more funds to implement and manage such schemes. However it is vital that [SMBs] too have the necessary tools to offer the scheme to their employees. By offering HCI as a benefit it can help SMBs to improve staff retention, whilst improving their IT skills and creating more flexible working methods.”
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