The lifecycle of a PC is generally between 3-5 years, with four years the average, after which it will struggle to cope and start having a negative impact on your business. Not everyone gets why they ‘only’ last this long, clinging to the belief that by buying enough computers for each desk in the office, and connecting them to that server sitting in the corner, they’ve ticked the IT box. However, it’s what you’re putting in to your PC which affects its long-term reliability.
That’s because, when you purchased your computer, the software loaded on to it was designed for the hardware capabilities of that PC. However, like anything digital, software is not standing still. New developments and improvements are happening all the time, streamlining the way we work and communicate, opening up new and more flexible ways of working. As an increasing number of businesses digitally transform their processes and store their data in the cloud, the software required to achieve this in a secure way has a level of sophistication that older PCs will struggle to keep up with.
Eventually, upgrades to your software will cease completely as the developer launches a new version. With security updates no longer available, you are unnecessarily exposing your business and data to cybercrime. This will be the case when the almost 10-year-old operating system Windows 7 becomes unsupported by Microsoft in January 2020.
Additionally, as your PC starts to struggle with the new demands placed on it by the software upgrades, it will have an impact on productivity, taking it longer for your staff to carry out processes, frustrating and demotivating them in the process. And remember, should your PC be out of warranty and a part fails, you will experience longer down time as the hunt to find the necessary part will undoubtedly be time-consuming. Added to which, when you do find it, it will be costlier as the part may not be readily available.
Today’s workforce is increasingly looking to work flexibly, with access to their emails and documents wherever and whenever. They want the opportunity to work more smartly and to be more mobile in where they work. Businesses which are using the latest cloud technologies are able to offer their staff this opportunity. It gives them a competitive edge, not only in attracting the right staff but in their offering to their customers. The age of people wanting to log on to their computer in their office at 9am and logging off at 5pm are long gone. The latest software operating on the correct hardware allows for the flexible way of working that staff are increasingly expecting.
On average, people look to change their personal smartphones every couple of years because they want that small piece of technology in their hand to do all the things it is capable of. That same mindset needs to be applied to office technology. Make sure you are running the latest technology. In the long run it’s going to reduce costs, empower your staff and give you the edge over the competition. Technology should be working for your business and not against it.