Technology that is outdated can sometimes work out for you or your business. However, there are many times that aging technology hinders your productivity and work flow. Outdated servers, PCs, and network equipment can keep your employees frustrated and your IT team up at night. It can sometimes be difficult to determine what piece of technology is outdated or if it has a few more miles on it. Here are few signs to help determine if you need an upgrade.
1. You are still running Windows XP
Windows XP is a personal computer operating system that was produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. The operating system was released for retail sale on October 25, 2001. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft no longer provides security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates repair vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safe. If you are running Windows XP on any of your PCs it is definitely time for an upgrade.
2. Your hardware is more than 5 years old
Your PCs, servers, and network equipment are able to last a long time. However, having equipment that has an expired warranty or is no longer supported by the vendor can put your personal data in jeopardy. Older hardware puts you at risk for increased downtime due to equipment outages. Keeping tabs on how long hardware has been in place is a proactive approach that will lower the chances of costly network outages. Be sure to know the manufacture dates and how long your warranties last in order to prevent disaster. Older hardware may also not be able to keep up with the latest software available to you. Minimum software requirements for new software effects performance and productivity on aging hardware. Be sure to have a routine upgrading schedule when it comes to your technology ecosystem.
3. Your computer is really slow
Your technology should be able to handle day to day tasks such as browsing the internet, checking e-mail, and working with your business applications. Servers and PCs are built to keep up as you continually add new programs and data. The time may have come to replace your technology equipment if you are noticing sluggish performance from daily activities. The sign of a slow computer or server may be the signs of things to come (like a crash!).
4. Your computer crashes frequently
It is frustrating having your computer freeze up on you, give you a blue screen of death, or just shut down without warning. These interruptions can really damage your productivity and cause you a lot of headache. Outages with your router or modem can also occur and cause unnecessary trouble with speed and internet connectivity. Your network equipment and internet provider are the backbone to which you technology is able to operate. It is crucial to have updated network equipment.
5. You hear a dial-up signal connecting to the Internet
Yes, that age old Beep-beep-beep. Chcck. Eeeerrrhhrr. Bhrrrh. Hccccchhh-ZZzzZZzzz sound. All joking aside, according to Pew Research Center 3% of Americans still use dial-up. While I am sure none of you reading this blog post have dial-up, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may not be providing you with the speeds you are paying for. You may also be unaware that there may be better providers in your area. ISP’s are always signing up new partners and laying the ground work to expand their network capabilities. It always good to test your bandwidth with tools like this and contact an IT professional to see if you are getting the best bang for your buck.
6. Constantly getting malware
Malware can wreak havoc on a computer network. Keeping your anti-virus software and operating system up-to-date will help prevent malware from compromising your data. Old network equipment can open your server and PCs to attack without access to the necessary upgrades available in new hardware. Having an updated and managed firewall for your network is an important security layer to keep your data protected. If you are safe on the web and still experience malware on your computer systems, it might be time to look at upgrading your setup.
7. Your employees are suffering
If you are not always connected or logged into the grid then you may not know that your business is suffering from technology woes. Getting in touch with the people who are interacting with your computer network daily is vital in understanding if problems exist. They may not even recognize that you need an upgrade because they are so used to “the way things are.”
Having routine upgrading process and IT advisory can help identify these signs before they cause trouble. If you would like a free consultation or just want to know what you can do to have your technology work for you, contact us and we will be glad to help!