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With the increased adoption of the internet and the continual integration of technology into business processes, Information Technology is no longer a luxury. From product designing to manufacturing, market research, advertising, collecting consumer feedback, sales, name it; almost every modern-day business operation depends on IT. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that you have the best IT infrastructure running as efficiently as possible. But how can your IT infrastructure run efficiently on faulty or outdated equipment?
This article explains why you should occasionally update your hardware, how often, and whether replacing is better than repairing. It also highlights how changing our clients’ hardware every three years helps prevent slow tech.
Regardless of how well you maintain your IT infrastructure, it’s inevitable that the hardware will require replacement at one point. And when that time comes, you’ll experience frequent breakdowns and unexplained downtimes that may lower your productivity.
If you don’t replace the hardware soon enough, you may waste a lot of time in repairs and lose several productive hours due to slow tech. Also, you risk having dejected employees because of slow printers, webpages that take centuries to load, and all sorts of downtime. Until you consider their large-scale impacts, most of these effects may superficially look like minor inconveniences. For example, Statista estimates that an hour’s downtime may cost your business up to $400,000 in lost revenue. The big question is—how much more would you save by replacing the obsolete hardware and averting server interruptions?
Most hardware has a 5-10 years working life, but they may need replacement before completing the entire lifespan. The exact time depends on your business’ tolerance for older tech and how well you maintain the equipment. That said, here are three signs that could mean your hardware has outlived its time:
While most hardware can function for five to ten years, LeadingIT insists on replacing equipment for all our customers every three years. While this policy may seem to be utterly ambitious, the truth can be that it isn’t.
After the third year, most IT equipment may experience increased breakdowns. For example, according to HP, one of the world’s leading computer hardware and software manufacturers, typical mid-range laptops can maintain optimum functionality for up to three years on average. A similar study by Business News Daily shows that almost all computers and laptops have a general lifespan of three to five years. After the third year, the chances are that your PC won’t have the processing power for running essential software that your business needs to automate everyday tasks.
Reasons we’re keen to update our client’s IT equipment include:
As we said, replacing hardware every three years may seem too expensive and overambitious. But when you consider what you’ll be saving by averting downtime, preventing frequent repairs, and keeping your staff motivated, you’ll realize that it’s way cheaper.
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