Maintaining old systems too long--- clinging too tightly--- will eventually rescind your ability to properly control or benefit from them. There's a "sweet spot" which differs from business to business, and without professional IT support, it can be difficult to determine just where your sweet spot lies.
Do your operations use primarily Windows or Macintosh applications? Believe it or not, some computers retain their value much longer than others. However, this value retention isn't so much confined to a specific brand as it is to how the tech is used, how your company is expanding, and what your budgetary limitations are.
What’s definitely true is that you can keep obsolete systems in use long after they've quit being an asset to your company. In fact, this happens more often than not. The reasons why maintaining systems beyond obsolescence is bad may surprise you.
Costs of Support and Maintenance
If you want to restore a classic car with a carburetor, you have to find a mechanic that knows how to work on those old machines--- that or learn how to initiate the repair yourself. This isn’t easy and it'll likely be more expensive. Computers are the same, but to an even greater degree.
According to Moore's law, technology doubles on itself every 18 months or so. This means antiquated computer systems become antiquated quickly, and you may not be able to find a specialist, should you need one if you’ve failed to upgrade your systems in time. Here's a development many business owners overlook: CDs and DVDs are being phased out these days. Operating system upgrades today are commonly conducted via download.
This phase-out transition won't fully mature for a few more years, but eventually, disc-based systems will be as obsolete as the record. Not upgrading your systems will eventually make it so that you can't upgrade your systems.
What's harder to hack: a slide lock, a padlock, a combination lock, or an encryption? With each technological upgrade, security increases. But as things become more secure, hackers figure out new ways around such protection measures. A padlock is broken with bolt cutters. A combination lock is overcome by a safe cracker. These days, there are apps you can download on your phone which can hack encryption that isn't to the highest standard. Refraining from upgrading here can really cost you. It helps to work with IT support professionals to help you apply the right level of security.
This is probably the most obvious downside of using tech systems until they become obsolete. An extra five seconds of load time on a web page could become an hour's lost productivity on a daily basis.
Ensuring All Systems Are Up-To-Date
Our IT support team at Vitalpoints can help maintain the highest profitability by providing:
- cost-effective maintenance and repair
- qualitative security
- enhanced performance
Optimization costs that are properly informed will be more profitable for you in the long run. Contact us now, and we’ll help you find and maintain your ideal tech balance.