The Useful Lifespan of Your IT Assets

upgrade your office computerIf it was built yesterday, chances are it’s obsolete

Your company doesn’t handle any graphic services. None of your departments do video or image editing, sound processing or any kind of activity that would require a high amount of computing power. You need just the basic services from your computers: to be able to edit texts, to send emails and handle a few other forms of only communications and to run the very simple business database.

So why should you consider a hardware upgrade?

The problem with computers is that they’re a symbiotic organism. Just to operate, they require for a great deal of parts to coexist. Hardware components need to be compatible with one another, software needs to compatible with other software applications and in the end, the whole that is the hardware needs to collaborate with the whole that is the software.

Software upgrades are easily done. An internet connection is all that’s required for an application to be kept in the present. Hardware, however, needs to be changed the old fashioned way.  This is how conflicts appear.

Because the hardware is a static component it’s very hard for it to keep up with the software. In truth, while software has moved on to the digital, as far as accessibility goes, hardware is still stuck in the past. Driver updates can only go so far before they reach the technological limitations of the physical component.

That’s why it’s very important to keep a close eye on your company’s hardware assets and make sure that they can handle all the software revolutions. If your computers are 2 years old or more, you should seriously start to consider investing in a hardware upgrade.

How Obsolete Are Your Hardware Assets?

A functional computer, where every component is still in working order, can still prove to be a broken cog in an otherwise efficient company. Going by the postulate that “they don’t make them like they used to,” a company can easily find itself with an operational hardware network where the average device age can be as high as 10 years. Enduring and stubborn, some computers insist to persist well beyond their retirement age. And in spite of what it may seem like a great thing, this is a ticking bomb that sprays bills instead of shrapnel.

An outdated, but working computer can generate a heap of troubles.

The license for your OS is about to expire, and you decide that it was about time you stepped into the new decade anyway. Nothing works on Windows 98 and more and more software developers are starting to discontinue support for Windows XP.  More even, software engineers are starting to develop for Windows 8. You make the purchase and license your entire computer network only to throw a wrench in the well-oiled machine that was not long ago your business.  A lot of your computers can’t handle a modern OS, or if they do, they are greatly burdened and strained by it.

A computer’s operating system is not the only obstacle an old computer can confront.  Any software that is meant to exist over a company’s entire network can become its enemy.  And compatibility tends only to propagate. Newly developed applications require for the latest update of its support software to be installed as well, which require a more and more powerful hardware to run on. Maybe just one updated application is not enough to slow an old computer down to a crawl, but the spun web of updates and software upgrades required to support it can, and will do it bring it to its knees.

That’s why it’s very important to have a very clear picture of your hardware assets before you commit to any software changes. After all, a computer’s hardware can’t learn new tricks.