It’s not uncommon for a small or midsized business to have a limited tech budget. It’s also not uncommon for those businesses to continue using old devices for as long as possible. But there comes a time where old or outdated tech is a burden and impacts negatively on business operations.
Here’s four signs it’s time to update or replace your old tech:
Reduced Employee Productivity
If staff are standing idle because they’re waiting for resource intensive apps, or older devices to perform tasks, it’s time to update or replace those devices. Older computers typically have less RAM and processing power, so they’re going to struggle to efficiently handle resource-intensive apps.
Having to wait long periods of time for data to download over your wireless network, could mean you need a new Wi-Fi router. Many older routers only support the 802.11g, 802.11b or a, who all have slower speeds when compared against their modern counterparts.
Do employees have the right devices they need to do their jobs? Do those who often travel for business have the right mobile devices they need to work or stay in contact with the office when they are on the road?
When new or improved software updates or titles are offered to your business, it’s vital you consider if your tech or devices are compatible. If you can’t take advantage of new tech on offer, because of aged devices, it’s time to change and/or upgrade. For example, you can’t install the latest operating system on employee PC’s because those older computers don’t meet the minimum specifications.
Even worse, you can’t install a new business app on older PC’s because their operating systems are outdated, but you can’t upgrade the operating system because the hardware is too old and slow.
Newer external devices like printers or monitors, often have the latest ports such as USB-C or HDMI. If your older devices don’t have these connections, you can’t connect to them. Conversely, you might not be able to connect a new PC to an existing monitor because the monitor is old and only has a VGA plug. The newer PC is likely to have an HDMI port. Although adapters can solve some incompatibility issues, they often result in slower speeds and lower resolutions.
Older devices experiencing problems are not only timewasters, but could result in serious data loss if one of your apps crashes the PC right in the middle of an important spreadsheet update. If a PC has files mysteriously go missing, or apps that freeze or crash for no apparent reason, these are signs the hard drive might be failing.
Impacts On Sales
Customers might be turning to competitors because your old website is slow during peak usage times. Deciding whether to replace or upgrade an older device that still works — but not very efficiently or effectively — can be a tough decision. However, it is usually worth it in the long run.