Quality hardware and software can have a massive impact on business efficiency. Unfortunately, even the most expensive computer hardware will eventually become outdated.
Software updates are generally easy to follow. Most of the time, it happens automatically; if not, it sends you a notification when a new update is available. When prompted to do so, it is best practice to update your software to the latest version and restart your computer to apply the changes.
Unlike software, your computer hardware won’t send you an alert when it is time for an upgrade – you have to watch for the signs.
When is the best time to do a hardware upgrade?
Generally, a computer life cycle is between 4-5 years. While you can repair bits and pieces for a quick fix, outdated hardware can end up costing you more in maintenance and repair. To avoid this, watch for the signs below:
- You are unable to install new software updates,
- Your computer runs slow,
- Your computer crashes when you have several programs running at once,
- Your hardware makes strange noises,
- You keep running out of storage and disk space.
Ultimately, the biggest red flag is when the cost of not upgrading your hardware trumps the cost of upgrading it – when your team is taking too long to complete a task because their hardware run slow or when you spend too much money fixing parts of your computer.
Things to consider when upgrading computer hardware.
Let’s say you have decided to upgrade your computer hardware. The next question is: how do I know which one to get?
We believe investment in technology can result in increased productivity but getting the most expensive device doesn’t guarantee the most efficient. When we help our clients with hardware procurement, we assess their need and their goal before recommending the specs of hardware that is cost-effective.
Our technicians will assess your business processes and take these things in mind:
- Compatibility – making sure your hardware replacements are compatible with software you are using
- Cybersecurity – making sure your data are protected and meeting compliance requirements,
- Performance – making sure the new hardware supports business needs and team productivity,
- Cost – making sure you are maximising revenue through technology in the long run,
- Maintenance – making sure you are supported throughout the lifespan of your device.
The End Of Financial Year is the perfect time to assess your hardware so you can make the most of various EOFY offers or plan for next year’s budget.
Ready to audit your hardware? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.