My company last
year upgraded its computer equipment and programs for the year 2000.
I think it's high time we upgrade again, but I'm having a tough
time convincing my associates that it's necessary. I say
the further we put upgrading off the more it's going to cost us
in the long run. Any encouraging thoughts?
with you. Older PCs and peripherals that don't support today's
technology standards are not serving your organization or its
employees well. For example, older PCs can be more vulnerable to
security attacks from viruses, worms and hackers. That's
partly because they may not be running the latest antivirus and
spyware software and partly because some employees tend to
disable this software if it makes older machines run slower than
they already do. Older PCs also have less product and
software support from vendors and are more prone to breakdowns
as well as time-consuming software fixes and repairs. Smart
businesses upgrade their systems and software when the total
cost of ownership (TCO) for upgraded systems becomes
significantly lower than maintaining existing ones. Older
PCs past their useful life may well be costing your company far
more than their actual replacement cost.
The only way
to know if you're losing money when you could be saving it is to
thoroughly examine all the costs for your current system and
compare it to the TCO for upgrading. That means looking at
not just the purchase price but the cost of acquiring, owning,
operating and maintaining your PCs and related equipment over
their useful life. You may also be able to save money when
you upgrade by standardizing on a "one size fits all" PC
specification, so what users learn and work with on one machine
applies to all. Talk it over with your IT Business Pro. IT
won't be long before you're on your way to a PC upgrade solution
that makes good sense for your business.
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