Why you should consider a technology refresh
Marketing expert Seth Godin says, “The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.” This is worth saying because nobody likes being wrong. Most people would rather do nothing than be wrong. Even if it costs more. Now, please apply that concept to technology.
Older Devices Are Costly
Working on older computer devices is likely costing your business more than you think. By migrating to modern devices, you can reduce security issues. An important consideration. You can also reduce time to on-screen resolution. Reduce issues with compatibility and desktop management with newer devices. While reducing these critical issues, you will be increasing productivity from an efficient technological environment.
The new innovations and powerful capabilities of newer operating systems, like Windows 10 Pro, combined with 8th Gen Intel Core processors, will not only have greater compatibility with other growing technology, it will help to provide a more enjoyable work environment.
An enjoyable work environment also speaks to another potential cost of doing nothing: poor recruitment. Almost half of today’s workforce are Millennials. They would be the ones asking the question, “Who wants to work for a company with such outdated technology?”
A Different Mentality
There are those who have a different mentality: If it isn’t broke, then why fix it? They tend to resent being forced to upgrade “because Microsoft tells me to do it.” Their advice is, “Don’t accept the always-have-to-upgrade theory that seems to drive the profits of hardware and software makers.”
A helpful article from Hartford Insurance titled, The Dumbest Advice About Technology I’ve Ever Received at My Small Business, repeats the advice to upgrade, while citing the reasons of naysayers as mere excuses.
However, the eight reader comments at the end of the article present special cases for not upgrading. These are worth reading because they give balance to the perspective of the need to advance with technology. Sometimes caution is called for. Maybe you are one of those with special circumstances. An informed decision is always best.
One of the comments echoes the advice which Dale Smith, President of Alliant Technology Group, readily gives to those who are in the process of making this important decision:
My IT guy tells me when to update my technology. What he says is, Don’t update your Operating System too soon because it takes the market a while to figure out the bugs. And it takes a while for Microsoft to develop the software tools to fix them.
If you run into a bug that they haven’t fixed yet, then, guess what. You have to live with it until they do. Do you know what “Windows 8 that works” is called? Windows 10! Get a good IT guy.
Good IT Guy
Of course, Alliant knows good IT because we provide it. Daily. If you think you might be ready for a technology refresh, give Alliant a call. We will give you honest advice best for your business and leave it to you to make the decision.
Or you could do nothing.