The 5 signs that your current IT systems are older than you think

IT Years are like dog years. Without proper care and maintenance it’s only a matter of time before your shiny new computer system is struggling to keep up and just can’t play as well as it used to. Check out our video below to find out more.

It probably only seems like yesterday that you set up your new IT system and it was performing all sorts of wonderful tasks that helped your business run as smooth as clockwork. But the sad truth is all good things eventually must come to an end, and your IT setup will only have a limited life span.

If your IT set up is buggy, slow and can’t keep up with the latest software, it’s only a matter of time before it starts causing you major problems. Cyber-attacks are the biggest threat to UK businesses with new attacks coming out every day, and old set ups simply can’t keep them out.

On average, you should really be thinking about replacing your pcs every three to five years if you want to stay fully operational and avoid catastrophic downtime. When it comes to computers, prevention is far better than cure because we rely so heavily on them. If you adopt a “head in the sand” approach and opt to just risk it, you will almost certainly end up regretting that decision.

If your computers are too old to keep you fully operational, here are just a few of the problems you can expect:

  • Lost revenue
  • Lost employee productivity
  • IT recovery costs
  • Supply chain ripple effect
  • Low morale
  • Brand damage

So, how can you tell that your current IT Set Up is on its last legs? Let’s take a look at five of the biggest signs:

  • It can’t update to the latest operating system. If you’ve ever tried to run the latest iOS update on an old iPhone you’ll know what a pain it can be. It’s not so long ago that software updates only came out every few years, but in today’s fast paced world you can expect them every couple of months. Failed updates means frustration, added costs and lost productivity.
  • You’ve been successfully targeted by a cyber attacker. If you’re noticing an increase in iffy emails and viruses, it’s a sure sign that your set up can’t cope with modern threats. With cyber-crime at higher levels than ever before, this is something you simply can’t afford to ignore.
  • It’s running out of memory. There’s only so much storage space any physical IT set up can handle, and if you’re struggling to save documents it’s only a matter of time before your business is going to suffer downtime.
  • It’s slow. Like our poor old family dogs, over time computers run out of energy and simply can’t keep up the pace. If you’re experiencing bugs, lags and it takes an age to perform a simple task, your computers are trying to warn you that they need a well-earned rest.
  • You’re spending more time trying to fix it than you are using it. A computer system that’s on its way out is a huge drain on your resources. If you’re finding yourself cursing your PC or constantly on the phone to your support people, it’s probably time to call it a day.

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