Posted On 02 Jan 2021
When you’re running a business, it can be difficult to know when you should upgrade, change, or totally replace the technology your company is using. You don’t want to waste money changing when it’s unnecessary, but equally, if your tech has become outdated you could see massive improvements in service quality by replacing it. Below we outline five signs that should tell you it’s time to invest in upgrades.
Slow responses from systems can be caused by poor Internet connections, faulty servers, or out of date software that responds to slowly to instructions. Not only do you lose massive amounts of working hours to such problems, but employees will become demotivated and disenchanted if they have to work with equipment that can’t keep up with them. It’s always worth surveying your employees to see what those who actually have to work with your technology think of it.
If you find that hackers, ransomware purveyors, and other cyber criminals seem to be getting into your systems too easily, that indicates that you need some new technology. The most up-to-date virus protection software works best on the most up-to-date technology – indeed it often won’t work with old technology at all.
If you want your company to run efficiently it is much easier to achieve this if everyone is using the same hardware and the same software. Don’t upgrade piecemeal, it’s simply not worth it, you really do need everyone singing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to your technology.
For many companies, computer systems are a biggest drain on their energy resources. The older your system is, the less energy-efficient it will be. For the sake of both your profit and the planet you should consider investing in the most modern energy-efficient systems and watch your electricity bills plummet.
Falls in productivity
If you undertake a productivity analysis and find that your workers are steadily becoming less productive, the problem probably isn’t with the workers but with their equipment. The speed and higher output of new IT systems inevitably makes workers more productive; customers are served more quickly and are more likely to become repeat visitors. Conversely, if you’re trying to serve them with outdated technology, they will soon decamp to somebody who is prepared to invest in the latest hardware.