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Why Should my Business Replace our Old Computer Hardware>

Over the past several years, company budgets for IT-related spending have been lowered significantly, if not frozen altogether. The global economy is slowly starting to move ahead and many businesses, even those in the SMB sector, are starting to see the screws loosening.

As these funds start to become available again, businesses should put attention back on their IT infrastructure and replace computer equipment. What are some compelling reasons to replace computer hardware?

Research company Techaisle performed a study this year of 1600 small businesses across US, UK, Australia, Italy, China, India and Brazil and compiled some very compelling research. Here are just some of their findings:

  • Due to IT spending being low over the past several years, nearly 40% of PCs in small businesses are now more than three years old and running older operating systems such as Windows XP.
  • Newer PCs experience 40% less downtime than older PCs. For older computer systems in an average small business, that translates into roughly 50 hours of downtime per PC per year.
  • PCs that are newer can be 1.5 times less the cost of maintaining older systems. This includes money spent on replacing hardware and paying for the labor for issues to be resolved.
  • Newer PCs often support newer applications. While businesses often believe that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it, this isn’t necessarily true with applications. New software brings better features, improved usability and better performance. All of this points to productivity increases.
  • It is recommended that small businesses endeavor to have a 3-year refresh rate on their computers.

In addition to the changes already mentioned, replacement of older hardware allows for new computer components to be utilized. These include faster computer processors, improved graphics cards, enhancements in energy efficiency and better communication hardware, such as wireless protocols and Bluetooth.

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