No business is the same, but that doesn’t stop some of them repeating common technical mistakes which could seriously compromise their company.
In his first guest spot in the Mirus blog, we asked our Pre-Sales Solution Engineer James Mildren to share some of the most common IT oversights he and his team witness in the tour of duty. This time, he explains the true cost of aging company technology.
There’s some hardware which just refuses to die; be it the legendarily invincible Nokia 3310 or the Game Boy that survived a Gulf war bombing (seriously, look it up!). Yet when it comes to your business hardware, you may want to pay closer attention to their sell-by dates. Business technology is always looking forward to the future, and business owners will want to ensure that theirs aren’t already ageing. That means keeping a close eye on their warranties, their vendor support and the progress of the IT used within their industry.
There’s a certain sense of scaremongering to the idea that your hardware needs recycling every three to five years and the phrase ‘planned obsolescence’ most certainly springs to mind here. But all technology has a shelf-life, and after years of use and long after the warranty has expired, it’s always a good idea to review your older tech. Even if it still performs as well as a 90’s Nokia phone!
When visiting prospective clients, our engineers are frequently encountering tech which has long since passed its sell-by date, and not all of it is in the best of shape. A common attitude is that in the event of a hardware failure, a device of equal or greater power can be had with a quick nip down to PC World.
It's not exactly wrong, but it’s far from what our expert VCIO’s, Solutions and Technical Engineers would advise. You can replace a device, but you can’t account for the time and money lost setting that machine up for the user.
Last year, we repeatedly shared the news of Windows 7’s impending End-of-Life on our social media channels. It might have seemed a little insistent, but with our Engineers still encountering outdated or unsupported software out on the field - often to the detriment of a company’s security – we wonder if we shouldn’t have shouted louder!
Even if your old operating systems are still performing adequately, they’re progressively becoming less reliable. You’re not receiving further security updates, leaving you vulnerable to the efforts of hackers, who’ll certainly be targeting your less protected systems. You won’t be leaving yourself much room for improvement with this outdated tech either – no new software wants to support your decades-old OS.
There are also simple, practical reasons for upgrading early. Investing early in the new industry standard just means you’re more prepared - nobody wants to get so far down their infrastructure’s chain to butt their heads against unsupported or outdated software. We’re not saying to adopt every new technology the moment it’s on the market – we all saw what happened to the rush-released Google Glass – but if your heart’s set on a proven solution, it absolutely makes sense to invest as early as possible, and start the first step of your new tech journey.
If you’re struggling with the next steps in your company’s IT infrastructure, or the cracks are starting to show in your outdated infrastructure, the team at Mirus have the award-winning solutions to get your tech strategy up to speed.
Get in touch with us today for an impartial and free IT Infrastructure Assessment.
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