Although many companies cite Return on Investment (ROI) as the only deciding factor when choosing hosting, it can be an eye-opening benefit.
Early users of the hosting model are now enjoying an ROI that continues to grow. Not writing huge checks for license renewals, hardware purchases, security, backups and upgrades have put them in control of their cash flow and the ROI curve becomes steeper each year. A common misconception is that infrastructure costs are limited to the servers – but peripheral costs are nearly equal in cost and level of effort.
Peripheral costs include personnel costs, back-up solutions, disaster recovery, security, and "other" software necessary to run it all. Soft costs are also often ignored. Most companies have a limited IT team and budget. How these scarce resources are utilized is vital to a company's success in getting the most from its technology. What's more productive for your organization - having IT help with analysis of your information or repairing servers?