The hybrid model for some companies is the best of both worlds. Usually we only see our enterprise customers leveraging this model. The reason this model exists is because not all companies are black and white and based on many different variables, need a model that is flexible and that can be tailored to very specific and unique requirements.
What we typically find with our enterprise customers is that they want to leverage the buying power of their Microsoft enterprise agreement, yet don't necessarily want to take on the potential headache of deploying another internal business application. Instead, if they can leverage their buying power to consume the licenses, and then leverage a hosting company to take on the responsibility of deploying and supporting the line of business application, everyone is happy.
Another example would be customers that like keeping cash on hand for other things than software purchases. We all know the old adage "cash is king". If this is your mindset and you have a better use for the money you are about to spend on purchasing licenses, you can consume the appropriate software licenses in month to month Software as a Service (SaaS) model, yet have it deployed behind your firewall, on your own hardware, by your own IT department.
The subject of which model to select and how to use them to your advantage is so important that we recommend you do not do anything until you completely understand the pros and cons of each. To figure out which model is best for you, visit our
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