The quality of your PC hardware has a massive impact on the overall efficiency of your business. You might think everything is working smoothly, but out of date PCs and servers can hold your business back.
Your business might be struggling to cope with file sharing or costs are starting to mount. An external provider can help you to refresh your computers and improve efficiency. If you’re experiencing any of the following signs, then it’s time you thought about upgrading your PC hardware.
- The Office Tour is Embarrassing
- Everything Keeps Breaking
- Your Staff Hate Their Computers
- Hard to Find Replacements
- Spiralling Repair Costs
- Computers are No Good for Email and File Sharing
You only get one chance at a first impression when showing potential clients around your offices. If they see your old and outdated PCs, then they might think your business is stuck in the past and not want to work with you.
Similarly, visiting the offices of other businesses is an easy way to see if you’re behind the times. If they’re using the latest PCs or hardware that you don’t even recognise, then it’s time to think about upgrading. Ask them about their computers and see if they have any recommendations.
Your day is busy enough without having to keep fixing hardware issues. Your IT specialist spends most of his day replacing broken keyboards, mice and monitors, rather than working on important tasks.
After three or four years your hardware is going to start struggling. If your computer is running very slowly, it’s going to have an impact on your productivity. See which processes are causing your computer to work the hardest and close them if possible. Techwalla have a handy step-by-step guide that can show you how to do this.
If the office PCs need time to warm up in the morning or the sound of the fan in your computer starts to make it difficult to hear yourself think, then new hardware upgrades are essential.
Employees are more tech-savvy than ever. They carry around state-of-the-art technology in their pockets and bags each day, so they expect their work PCs to be at the same standard.
Slow and outdated hardware can demotivate your staff and discourage them from wanting to work. Staff want to be able to work remotely and on the move, so you need hardware that can support this.
If you only ever think about new hardware when a new member of the team joins the business, then it’s likely that everyone’s on different models from different manufacturers. This can slow down office work and frustrate some employees that are stuck working on older PCs.
Even brand-new hardware items often need small parts replacing. These parts are easy to find for the latest PCs but the older your model, the harder it will be to find replacement parts.
When you do eventually manage to find the parts you need, they’ll usually cost a lot more as they might not be mass produced anymore. If you have multiple outdated office PCs from different suppliers, then you’re going to have to spend a lot of time searching for parts.
At a certain point it’s going to be cheaper to replace hardware, than it is to keep repairing it. You may have legacy systems that have served you well for many years but they are going to break and costs will start to mount up.
Although replacing your business’ PC hardware can seem expensive, you’ll be saving money in the long run as you won’t have to keep paying for replacement parts and specialist IT technicians.
Whatever your industry, the success of your business depends on you beating your competition to the punch. But if your competitors have the latest hardware, clients are going to find them easier to communicate with.
Your old hardware might cope fine with offline operations, but falls short when it has to exchange data with other businesses or clients. If you’re finding that it’s easier to use your phone or tablet when it comes to communicating whilst downloading or sending files, it’s time you decided to upgrade your PC hardware - not just your internet connection.
What To Do Next?
If any of these signs sound familiar and you’re tired of waiting five minutes just to send an email, the next step is getting help. The world of PC hardware moves so quickly it can be difficult to know what’s a good investment and what will be useless in six months.
Don’t worry about a big one-off fee, you can upgrade hardware in stages and improve the most in-need PCs first. External IT providers can help you conduct a full infrastructure refresh which will improve efficiency and productivity in your office.
Silverbug are experts when it comes to managing IT services for businesses. We make complicated solutions simple and offer jargon-free advice to help you take the right course of action.
When it comes to your PC hardware, our specialist team will carry out a full assessment to determine the areas that need immediate attention. We can help you to invest in IT hardware that best suits your business’ specific needs, not just the most expensive option.
To find out more about our infrastructure refreshes and the other IT support services that we provide for businesses, download our comprehensive guide using the link below.