Microsoft announced almost a year ago that they ended support for Windows XP. As a result, many of you decided to parts ways with your old systems and upgrade your computers to Windows 7 or 8. However, many of you are still running Windows XP for one purpose or another. Working with many different businesses I have heard several reasons why one would not want to upgrade their equipment or applications. Here are a few of my responses to the explanations I've heard:
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Although this proverb sometimes holds true, I rarely believe this to be the case with technology. I have witnessed many people dig themselves into a financial hole by putting off upgrades until their equipment no longer allows their business to function properly or until it completely fails. Eventually you will be put in a position where you will have no choice but to upgrade following an emergency like your system crashing, OR, after your equipment/applications become obsolete. Not only is finding equipment that works with older systems becoming more difficult, but replacing outdated yet critical applications can be quite the task too. Either option won’t be friendly to your wallet. That's why I prefer to plan my upgrades so I can budget properly and minimize interruptions instead of being forced to upgrade in an emergency which could potentially cost me more than a planned upgrade would.
"It's what we are used to." Growing up my dad taught me to always try new foods no matter how disgusting they seemed. In the end, I usually enjoyed the food I previously deemed nauseating. I have likened this lesson to technology in my own life. If we never try to learn new technology, we will never know what we are missing. Just like some foods, new technology can be nauseating at first. However, you may never know how much easier some tasks could be with better equipment. I understand it can be unnerving to consider change, but isn't the time and money you'll save worth it?
Planning systematic, scheduled updates and upgrades of your equipment and applications can save you a lot of money and a lot of headaches in the long run. I know it can seem like a daunting task, and you may not know where to even start. Fortunately, we are here to offer a free IT system consultation for your business to help you choose what options make the most sense for you. Contact us here to get started.
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