The Great PC Refresh is Coming!

The Great PC Refresh is Coming!

Addressing the Impact of Ageing Windows PCs on Organisations

In the fast-paced world of technology, staying up-to-date is crucial for businesses to maintain efficiency, productivity, and security. Yet, a significant portion of organisations today are grappling with a dilemma: aging Windows PCs.According to recent statistics, approximately 40% of Windows PCs in use are six years old or more, marking the oldest fleet ever recorded. This phenomenon has brought about what many are calling “The Great PC Refresh”, highlighting the urgent need for organisations to address the implications of relying on outdated hardware. The Ageing PC ConundrumSix years might not seem like a long time in the broader scope of technological advancement, but in the realm of hardware, it’s a significant lifespan. The rapid evolution of software applications and the increasing demands of modern workflows put considerable strain on older machines. These aging PCs struggle to keep up with the demands of contemporary software, leading to decreased performance, slower processing speeds, and heightened vulnerability to cybersecurity threats.

Implications for OrganisationsThe ramifications of maintaining a fleet of outdated PCs extend beyond mere inconvenience.Here are some key areas where organisations may feel the impact:

Reduced Productivity: older PCs are slower and less reliable, leading to increased downtime and frustration among employees. Tasks that should take minutes can stretch into hours, hampering productivity and hindering workflow efficiency. According to recent research from Sharp, the average employee wastes 40 minutes per day, averaging 21 days per year due to slow and outdated technology.1

Security Risks: outdated hardware often means outdated security features. Unsupported operating systems and aging components become more susceptible to malware, viruses, and cyberattacks. Organisations risk data breaches, system vulnerabilities, and regulatory non-compliance by clinging to obsolete technology. For example, reports from Microsoft found that businesses still using Windows XP are 6x more susceptible to cyberattacks than companies running an updated software system.2

Increased Maintenance Costs: as hardware ages, maintenance costs tend to rise. Organisations may find themselves spending more on repairs, replacements, and IT support to keep outdated PCs operational. A study conducted by Intel found that businesses spend $427 on repair costs alone for PCs older than 4 years which is 30% more than PCs less than 4 years old.3 These expenses can quickly add up, eating into budgets that could be allocated towards more strategic initiatives.      

Compatibility Issues: New software updates and applications may not be compatible with older hardware, leading to compatibility issues and potential functionality gaps. This can hinder the adoption of innovative tools and limit the organisation’s ability to leverage emerging technologies.

The Urgency of RefreshingGiven the challenges posed by ageing PCs, it’s evident that organisations cannot afford to procrastinate on refreshing their hardware infrastructure.Here are some steps businesses can take to mitigate the impact:

Conduct a Hardware Assessment: start by evaluating the age, performance, and condition of existing hardware assets. Identify PCs that are nearing the end of their useful life and prioritise them for replacement.

Develop a Refresh Strategy: formulate a comprehensive plan for refreshing the PC fleet based on budgetary constraints, business requirements, and technological advancements. Consider factors such as scalability, compatibility, and security when selecting new hardware.

Embrace Modern Solutions: explore the benefits of modern computing solutions such as cloud-based services, virtualisation, and thin clients. These technologies offer scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness while reducing reliance on traditional desktop infrastructure.

Prioritise Security: invest in robust cybersecurity measures to protect against evolving threats. Ensure that all new hardware is equipped with up-to-date security features and regularly update software to patch vulnerabilities

Employee Training and Support: provide training and support to help employees transition to new hardware seamlessly. Address any concerns or resistance to change through effective communication and education initiatives

The Great PC Refresh presents both a challenge and an opportunity for organisations to modernise your IT infrastructure and stay competitive in today’s digital landscape.As stated by Theo Priestley, technology expert, “the value of upgrading technology goes beyond improved efficiency through automation. Deployed in the right way, the right technology can promote a more collaborative and diverse workforce and encourage them to be more productive. Technology can also promote an inclusive culture, improving morale and connecting employees and disparate departments that would normally operate in silos.”4By prioritising hardware upgrades, embracing innovative solutions, and focusing on security, businesses can mitigate the risks associated with an ageing PC fleet while unlocking new levels of productivity and efficiency.If you haven’t already thought about it, now is the time for you to take decisive action and embark on the journey towards a more agile, resilient, and future-proof IT environment.

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