Posted by: Heather Shy on April 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm
You run a tight ship. You crunch the numbers, comb the books, cut waste, and pinch pennies. So you wait until it’s absolutely necessary to upgrade your computers and network equipment.
But, is that strategy really sound? Consider the following 5 reasons why hanging on to old technology is a huge waste of money:
Slow computers waste time. Are your employees sitting around waiting for computers to start up, waiting for web pages to load, waiting for vendor portals to connect? Then you’re paying staff to sit and waste time because your technology is slow or not working correctly. Upgrading equipment can be a huge boost to productivity for your business.
Outdated software complicates processes. Does your staff have a list of workarounds they need in order to get all your programs to work together? As Tavis says, “Software runs the world.” If updated software saves you even an hour or two each week per employee, isn’t that worth the investment?
Old technology makes your company look bad. Imagine giving an important presentation to a potential client. If your equipment fails, you’re done. Your business looks old and out of touch with today’s fast-moving economy. Do you want your business to be seen as bigger, stronger, faster, smarter? Upgrade your technology.
Old equipment steals motivation. Good morale in the office increases productivity. One survey showed that 38% of employees agreed that having modern technology would make them more motivated. If your people are complaining about slow equipment, it means they want to get more work done. Giving employees the tools they need to do their jobs properly and efficiently shows that you appreciate the work they do.
Out-of-support systems put your entire company at risk. Did you know that Windows 7 is out of mainstream support? That means those machines you still have running Vista and XP are putting your irreplaceable business information at risk. Recently, a list of operating system security weaknesses was released on the internet. (These lists are released all the time, by the way.) When security experts tested them out, they found that the exploits only worked on end-of-life platforms like Windows XP and Window Server 2003 – because those systems no longer receive security updates. Even if you’re not running these specific systems, Microsoft schedules operating system phase-outs every couple of years. Plan ahead to keep your data safe.
We know how challenging it is to keep up with technology changes. All well-intentioned businesses struggle with risking downtime, losing specific software features only available on older versions, and the investment needed to bring technology up to date.
The good news is that TAZ Networks has spent over 13 years helping businesses upgrade or even overhaul their computer networks. Even businesses like yours. We can work with you to put together an action plan that minimizes downtime and makes the most of your budget. Call us today for more information.