SPM Platform Drive-Off Costs: How the Decision to Buy or Lease Impacts Total Cost of Ownership

Posted by Steven Bebout on Fri, Jul 01, 2016

This past fall, I decided that it was time to get a new car. It sounds like an easy decision to make, but it wasn’t. The decision involved my budget, what type of vehicle I wanted, features desired, gas mileage and maintenance plans; all of these would factor into my total cost of ownership (TCO). After finding a vehicle and evaluating the trade-offs of buying versus leasing, I decided to lease my car. In my experience, this process is analogous to determining which sales performance management (SPM) platform fits your organization’s needs: Do you go in-house with an on-premises platform (buy), or do you select a software-as-a-service subscription option (lease)?

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