Cisco says its financing arm gives customers "flexibility to manage budgets and technology; benefit from the use of equipment, not the ownership; [and] predictable payment streams, improved ROI and improved budget management." Plus, it says Cisco Capital offers "highly competitive rates" along with "flexible terms and payment structures" that ultimately "protect against obsolescence" in the rapidly changing IT world.
And anyone in the market for Cisco Catalyst gear should check out this special offer from Cisco Capital: "Migrate from a newly leased Cisco Catalyst 6500 to the Cisco Nexus 7000 any time after 12 months with complete payment forgiveness."
Oracle's website offers a historical perspective on the purchasing and life-cycle challenges CIOs face:
"Nearly two decades of experience working with Global 2000 companies in virtually every industry has taught us a valuable lesson: IT acquisition can be a challenge for even the most cash-rich companies. Uneven costs, long project payback periods, burdensome upfront investment requirements and lengthy approval processes can delay and derail necessary projects that put even the most successful businesses at risk of falling behind the competition."
In turn, Oracle says that CIOs who finance their purchases through Oracle will realize these benefits: "capital and operating leases for budget and accounting flexibility; deferred or ramped payment structures to match project deployment or implementation; payments mapped to benefits to enhance investment returns; [and] competitive financing rates with terms up to six years."
IBM says "no other bank or technology company can match IBM and IBM Global Financing" for breadth of solutions and capital resources that include leases and loans (custom or standard); certified used equipment; "asset-recovery" solutions; and the capability to handle financing for non-IBM products and services.
And over at EMC, the company's financing arm says it offers lower TCO, minimized risks, the end of obsolescence, tax advantages, and greater flexibility to conform to business goals. And if that's not enough, EMC Financing also offers "Ten Reasons To Finance," including this plug for financing over buying:
"Financing: Payments are typically made from the operating budget. Allows companies to acquire needed equipment when capital budgets are exhausted or frozen." EMC contrasts that to the alternative of "Buying: Equipment purchases typically made from capital budgets, which require additional approvals. New equipment cannot be acquired if capital budgets are exhausted or frozen."
So with terms, benefits, advantages, and promises like all of these, I ask once more: What's not to like? Let me know at [email protected].