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Your Old Technology is Costing You Money: Or How to Know When to Upgrade

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The unfortunate reality about technology is that eventually it becomes outdated, which usually occurs sooner rather than later. When this happens, you have two options, upgrade, or continue using your old technology.

Usually, it isn’t imperative that you upgrade right away. In fact, you can often get along using your current technology, despite newer versions being released.

However, this can lull you into a false sense of security, thinking that your technology is fine and won’t need to be replaced for a long while, when in actuality it could be costing you more time and money than you realize.

So, how do you know when your technology is costing you too much; how do you know when it’s time to upgrade?

Here are some easy ways to assess when it might be time to upgrade.

The Technology is Slowing Down

When technology is older, it’s often much slower than its newer counterpart. However, slowness does more than cause frustration on the part of the user; it also causes a dip in productivity, which can cost your company money in the long run.

To determine if it may be time to upgrade, determine how many other machines you have that are of similar age and slowness. It may be time to upgrade if you realize that slowness may be impacting most or all of your staff across the board.

Your Old Technology Needs Repairing, Again

It may be time to consider an upgrade if you find yourself repairing your equipment more frequently than before. Over time parts wear and stop working. An occasional repair is fine, but just like a car, if you find that you are pouring more money into it just to keep everything running, it might be time to upgrade.

New Technology Can Enable You to Do More

New technology is often a blend of better hardware, corrected past mistakes, increased security protocols, along with some new, helpful features.  All of this means that aside from getting a faster performing machine, you’ll probably have access to features which help make your life a lot easier, enabling you to get more done in the same amount of time. The time saved could free you up to work on newer projects.

It’s Older than 4 or 5 Years Old

If your technology is from four or five years ago, or longer, it’s definitely time to upgrade. That’s because technology changes so rapidly, that its capacity doubles nearly every 18 months. (This phenomenon is known as Moore’s Law.)  If you think your old computers are “good enough” wait until you see what its newer, faster counterpart can do.

These are just a few ways to tell if it’s time to upgrade your office technology. If, after analyzing your situation, you find that you are in need of upgrading your entire office, don’t fret. We have ways of making a whole office upgrade affordable and budget-able. Contact us today to find out how.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you make sense of your technology needs. Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.