Workplace as a Service offered as complete bundle: IPD NOW and co-working space operator WorkInn launch joint venture



Founders and own­ers of SMEs are par­tic­u­larly aware of how impor­tant pro­fes­sional IT sup­port is to their own busi­ness suc­cess. Still, IT is often­times neglected. The fact is that there is lit­tle time to ade­quately attend to your IT needs. Specif­i­cally, com­plete bun­dles like those cov­er­ing the full span of tech­nol­ogy from A to Z are a rar­ity on the mar­ket. Small and medium-​sized enter­prises find them­selves faced with inte­grated pack­age offer­ings geared for the most part to larger com­pa­nies.

IPD NOW is the only provider to offer a com­plete IT sup­port suite with manufacturer-​independent selec­tion at a fixed monthly rate – the works, start­ing from one prod­uct and one work sta­tion. The new joint ven­ture between IPD NOW and co-​working space oper­a­tor WorkInn, which already runs four co-​working cen­tres in the Ruhr area of Ger­many, makes it pos­si­ble to com­bine two key build­ing blocks in the dig­i­tal work­place: job loca­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

Start­ing now, WorkInn cus­tomers can – in addi­tion to work sta­tion or office – com­fort­ably enjoy the advan­tages of a com­plete IT bun­dle in the rental model. Your startup bun­dle includes Office 365, One Drive for Busi­ness cloud stor­age, exchange servers and tele­phony solu­tions based on Skype for Busi­ness – all for a monthly fee of EUR 14.90. If you need to top up your starter pack­age with the right hard­ware to match, a busi­ness lap­top is also avail­able for an addi­tional EUR 49.90 a month for exam­ple.

This joint ven­ture puts us in a posi­tion to offer a ‘gen­uine’ work­space as a ser­vice. Co-​working – flex­i­ble office or work sta­tion leas­ing to suit your needs – is fast becom­ing the trend in Ger­many. The same goes for IT resources. The focus here is on using, rather than own­ing. For employ­ees and co-​workers alike, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion means the abil­ity to work pro­fes­sion­ally and respon­sively in scal­able fash­ion”, explains Hol­ger Heeren, Busi­ness Con­sul­tant at IPD NOW. Our IT experts see this con­cept as hav­ing uni­ver­sal appli­ca­tion. “We are already in talks with other local co-​working oper­a­tors with a view to offer­ing this joint ven­ture for­mat in other Ger­man cities.”