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Is It Time You Upgraded Your Business Technology?

21st November 2017

Technology is constantly changing, advancing and moving forward. The latest computers and the hardware that powers them is constantly improving, giving users more power than they have ever had before.

Whilst some businesses prefer to upgrade machines as time goes on, installing the latest hardware within the computers they already own, others tend to leave their machines until they become practically useless. Although this appears to allow you to get the most out of the machines and the money you paid for them, it could have serious implications for your business and employees if you do.

Purchasing new machines is a hard decision in many ways. Below we are going to explore, when is the right time to get new computers? What computers do you get? And where do you get them from? To help you upgrade your businesses technology:

When should you upgrade/purchase new computers?

When something clearly isn’t right – If your computers are slow, unproductive, freeze and struggle to deal with daily activities then it’s obviously time you purchased new machines.

However, there are many factors that can affect your decision to replace or upgrade your computer fleet.

Your business is rapidly growing – rapid growth often forces changes, systems must be updated and the infrastructure of the business has to meet extra demands. Growth often leads to new employees, meaning new computers need to be purchased.

System changes – you decide to upgrade or replace applications that the business relies on, requiring the latest Operating Systems, performance or increased storage. New systems have dependencies on other applications that they rely on, these will also need upgrading in line with the new systems.

Productivity – often overlooked as it is hard to quantify, the problem with productivity is that it also affects the employee, increasing stress and frustration due to underperforming computer systems. The Techaisle study found that an average of 42 productive work hours a year is lost while older computers are being repaired or cease to function, versus 21 hours of annual repair time for PCs less than 4 years old, resulting in twice as much downtime for older machines.

Environment – old computers use a lot more energy, which is expelled often as heat and noise, meaning that in certain environments cooling is required. Adding to the energy consumption. Today’s PCs can consume as little as half as much energy as a PC that’s three or four years old. For example, an unmanaged PC using an Intel Pentium D processor, an Intel 945G chipset, and a CRT (cathode-ray tube) display consumes approximately 1,000 KWh of electricity in a year. By comparison, a  newer model PC using an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an Intel Q45 Express chipset, and an LCD (liquid crystal display) can consume less than 500 KWh of electricity per year, halving the energy your computer outputs.

Security – getting the latest Operating System has never been more desirable for business users. The “Wanna Cry” outbreak primarily affected unpatched Windows 7 computers, and we’re seeing cyber-attacks being daily. Having an old operating system that may be out of warranty or un-patched is a huge risk for every business.

With information security being the biggest issue the IT industry has ever faced, it’s time to take upgrading to the latest and greatest seriously, and businesses need a plan on how to tackle this. 

Here at PC Comms we recommend the hardware for desktops and laptops be replaced at least every 5 years to avoid unnecessary downtime, keep productivity at an acceptable level and to keep staff morale high.

We also strongly recommend upgrading to Windows 10 whether that’s through purchasing a new computer or upgrading an existing machine.

The time to upgrade is now!

What Computers/Upgrades should you get?

PC Comms have been a Dell Partner for many years now and this is our preferred supplier of Desktops, Laptops, and Servers, however, depending on your requirements we can look at the whole market to find the right hardware for you.

We have noticed over the last 12 months that internet usage has gone through the roof with many employees regularly having multiple websites open in order to complete their daily tasks. The demand for browsing the web has had a knock effect on performance and we are seeing a need to increase the memory from 4GB to 8GB for the first time in over 5 years.

Our recommended entry-level spec now includes.

  • Intel i3 or i5 processor.
  • 8GB RAM – Memory allows you to run multiple applications at the same time.
  • SSD – Solid State Drive speeds up access and reduces wait time for almost instant access.
  • Windows 10 Pro / Enterprise – for increased security and performance.

It is still possible to upgrade a computer however we would recommend this is only considered for computers that are less than 3 years old. The most effective upgrades to consider would be RAM, SSD and Operating System.

Where should you get your Computers/Upgrades From?

PC Comms, of course, we can access the whole market to find you the perfect match.

We use our knowledge and experience to spec a computer that will meet the needs of the business or individual’s specific needs. For example, Desktop Publishing, when compared to Accounting and CAD / Graphics use, has completely different requirements on the underlying hardware.

At PC Comms we have a team of expert technicians who can advise you on any other additional software or hardware that may be relevant to ensure the optimal productivity of your machine.

Not only can we build you a new computer, we can also upgrade existing machines with new hardware and software to give them a new lease of life. Again, our expert technicians will advise you on what upgrades will be best for you.

We don’t just shift boxes at PC Comms, every computer that comes to us undergoes a configuration process to ensure you receive it in good working order.

  • Every computer is rigorously tested for faults.
  • Configured for optimum performance – we re-install the OS and strip out any bloatware that is not required.
  • Security, antivirus, antimalware, firmware, patches and updates are all checked.
  • Software, all of your corporate software and core applications are installed ready to go.

Contact us today with your requirements so that we can find the computer that’s right for you and best fits your business needs. Upgrade your business technology and reap the rewards including; increased productivity, business growth and improved infrastructure.

Call 01278 458558 to speak to one of our expert technicians now.

Sources:

  • https://i.crn.com/sites/default/files/ckfinderimages/userfiles/images/crn/custom/INTELBCCSITENEW/HowMuchOldPCsCost.pdf
  • https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/case-studies/energy-efficiency-it-vpro-pc-practices-save-brief.pdf
 

 

 
 
 
 
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