That is the view of Andrew Rhodes, sales and marketing director at systems integrator Plato Computer Services. Speaking as the company set about launching its Application Packaging Service (APS), Rhodes outlined why he felt the market was crying out for such a service.
“Typically, in areas such as the financial services market, companies can have hundreds if not thousands of applications, and to be distributed to the desktops they have to be wrapped.
“Many organisations recruit teams of contractors to wrap their applications when, for example, they move to Windows 2000. It’s an expensive exercise having such a team, but it’s something that needs to be done.”
Plato is hoping to capitalise on the expected migration by corporates to Windows 2000 by offering a more cost-effective method of applications delivery.
“We have developed an off-site packaging service, which allows companies to focus their staff on more productive jobs.”
Rhodes added that by outsourcing applications delivery, companies not only saved time but also made significant savings on the cost of deployment.
“We have done some analysis based on real examples using customers’ own data and we were able to demonstrate to one customer that it could make a saving of up to 50 per cent on doing it itself.
“The difference is that our service is predictive — we can give an exact cost per application for packaging, whereas with contractors, if the project is delayed, the price goes up.”