Constant Technology Problems And Their Cost On Your Business
Every company uses technology in varying amounts. The more a business relies on particular programs for their work, the more it’s unable to perform if its computers or network have issues. Most businesses have goals, deadlines, and team members incentivized to stay productive, which means the cost of technology problems can be great. How can businesses keep their technology operating in peak shape, allowing their performance to follow?
Remember That ALL Technology Has Optimal Life Cycles… And If You’re Using It Past That Point, You’re Going to Have Problems…
Part of the answer is to understand that all technology has optimal life cycles. A PC, for example, performs best in its first four years of use, and as time passes, it begins to slow down as its hardware and operating system becomes old. We’ve seen business owners and their teams caught in the frustration of continuing to use aging and outdated technology in order to save on costs.
But interestingly, often the exact opposite happens – they end up spending even MORE money due to:
- The overall productivity and efficiency loss throughout the workforce
- Unexpected repair and/or troubleshooting costs for lagging or failing systems
- Higher expenses related to maintenance and ongoing support
- Greater vulnerabilities resulting in data disclosure/legal liabilities
At the end of the day, the cost adds up to easily surpass the cost of a replacement PC. Trying to get old technology to run for too long may be damaging to a company’s operations. It’s easy to say that you want to run technology until it’s old and dies, trying to get as much life out of it and as much “bang for your buck” as possible.
Running Old PCs, Servers, and Network Hardware WILL Bottleneck Any Given Company’s Performance…
But consider the total cost to own the technology, including how it may need maintenance and replacement after a certain useful lifespan. Calculating this total cost may be difficult, but it doesn’t take long to realize that not replacing all of the old PCs, servers, or network hardware will bottleneck a company’s performance, and the cost multiplies the older everything gets. By far, it’s better to rely on the useful life cycle of technology and proactively replace it.
When you’re running a small to medium-sized business and are involved in its operations, often the thoughtful consideration of what it takes for your IT operations to run properly–and into the future–doesn’t happen as it should. The planning, budgeting, and oversight of technology can be overlooked and underappreciated.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise when a business is focused on their work outcomes day-to-day; its team members and business owners were not hired primarily to run the technology program, and may not be able to give it the focused attention it needs. The result of this can be an organization running with old and outdated technology that hampers its team members more than they realize. It’s critical to understand the cost of inefficiency.
Contact Philantech3: Your Spokane IT Services Team of Technology Professionals.
Philantech3 has a proven process that helps businesses focus on what they do best while keeping their technology running in the background. Our managed IT services provide the guidance and structure to keep technology optimally working for the business. We work closely with business owners and teams that understand the damaging cost of inefficiency and we provide them with responsive and reliable support, guidance, and a spirit of kind service. Count on us to deliver the service you need to run your business and let us handle the technology.
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I am an IT professional with a broad depth of knowledge and experience as an IT planning consultant, with previous experience as a network engineer. I have 14+ years in the industry providing sustainable technology solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. I personally thrive on making systems more efficient and I am continually interested in ways to innovate using technology applications. I enjoy working closely with colleagues and clients to collaborate and provide a best fit solution for all IT-related needs. More recently I have assisted my workplace with an implementation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) in the “Integrator” role, where I have assisted with optimizing company operations and improving cross-departmental functional systems.