Due to the state of the economy, it’s tempting to try and push the limits of your hardware to delay inevitable upgrades. This may seem like a money-saving measure on the surface, but the truth is that there is a significant cost to NOT replacing out-of-date hardware — one that can very easily trump the cost to purchase its replacement.
- Maintenance – Needless to say, old hardware is much more prone to failure than new hardware. In many instances, it only takes a few surprise maintenance bills to equal the cost of completely replacing the piece of equipment in question. Instead of budgeting for a single, planned upgrade, your company could be burdened with several unplanned bills and still be left with an unreliable resource.
- Energy Consumption – Technology is constantly being forced to meet new energy compliance requirements. Over a given period of time, newer, more energy-efficient hardware could recoup a major portion of its cost through savings on your energy bills.
- Decreased Performance – Sluggish servers and workstations can affect your employees and customers in significantly negative ways. Employees can lose hours and hours of productive time each month simply by spending time waiting for computers to load their work. By lengthening speed-to-market and delaying employee responsiveness, opportunities can be lost and the customer experience irreparably diminished.
- Downtime – This is the worst of them all. All too often we hear people tell us that they want to continue pushing their hardware “until it blows up.” Not only will these companies have to pay for the hardware to be replaced anyway, they’ll also have to suffer the consequences of an unforeseeable and potentially devastating period of downtime sooner or later. What’s worse is that critical systems tend to fail when they’re being used the most- an occurrence that naturally coincides with a business’s most profitable months.
Next time you have to consider a hardware upgrade, make sure you think about the reasons why that equipment needs replacing when you’re weighing the cost and benefit of the potential purchase.
A study conducted by Wipro Product Strategy and Services shows that businesses stand to save a whopping 52% in PC support costs with new PCs compare to supporting and maintaining a 4-year old System. In year 4, support costs are higher than the cost of a new Mobile or Desktop PC.
A study by J. Gold and Associates found that keeping notebooks an additional 2 years (into years 4 and 5) actually costs $960 per machine, which is equivalent to a typical replacement cost. Further, outdated equipment will cost the organization $9600 in lost productivity over the same time period (year 4 and 5).
If you need help in replacing old equipment or hardware, remember we are here to help!
[Trever Hollihan of our Lethbridge, Alberta team contributed to this post.]