Your Tech Isn’t as Outdated as You Think
Business around the world spend far too much money upgrading and replacing technology that simply still works. There’s a reason why old office hardware such as server boards and computer components sell so quickly when old businesses put them on eBay for consumers to buy. There are thousands of ways to utilise old office hardware that consumers are willing to buy second-hand computer components and office equipment to use at home, so if it’s good enough for home users, why isn’t it good enough for an office?
Simply put, many companies upgrade because they can, not because they need to. Technology does kind of have an expiry date, but it’s not because they simply stop working— it’s because newer version are introduced. Take iPhones for example. There are many people in the world who upgrade to the newest iPhone whenever possible. The more budget conscious among us will probably upgrade every two new models, and the frugal among us probably don’t even have an iPhone because any other smartphone can do the same thing albeit a little slower.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your technology, then there are a couple of things you need to think about before you start spending thousands of dollars and countless hours upgrading your systems and reteaching your staff how to use it. Repurposing software and realising that you don’t need the latest hardware will help your business in more ways than you can imagine.
Find a new use for old things
Instead of simply selling old hardware or technology, think about reusing it. For instance, if you invested money in an emergency contact solution to message employees in the event there’s an incident that needs their attention, you can repurpose it and use it as a communications platform. Check this page from AlertMedia if you want to know more about re-using an old notification system. There are many great points on the website, but the general idea is that you boil a technology down to what it does (in this case, it sends messages to people) and you can reuse it based on that breakdown.
Clean Out Devices
When you use any electronic device for a considerable amount of time, there’s no doubt that it will become cluttered with useless junk. The best way to return these devices to their original glory is to do a full system reformat. Back up any sensitive or important data and then perform a system wipe to clean out all the clutter, useless information and anything else that is slowing down the device. This will make it run faster and you’ll be able to squeeze out a few more years or months from a device that you thought was dying.
If your company can afford to upgrade its technology then you are probably in a very good spot as a business. However, consider how much of a return you get on that investment and you’ll probably not see a huge difference. Just because a computer loads a few seconds faster, it doesn’t mean you’re going to see a good return on the hundreds of dollars you spent upgrading.