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Evaluating the True Cost of Legacy Technology

3 Dec 2018 by Derek Doyle

Within the landscape of today’s business environment, the work pace is faster, deadlines are tighter, expenses are higher, resources are stretched further and, of course, budgets are thinner. When faced with the prospect of a technology upgrade, it’s understandable that many organizations opt to skip a device refresh in favor of allocating resources toward other (seemingly more pressing) needs of the business.

Unfortunately, procrastination in addressing your organization’s outdated devices ultimately opens your business to far more costly and damaging issues in the long run. Organizations that are reluctant to refresh devices and migrate to newer technology will be exposed to security risks and heavy costs.

This is not to say a technology update is only to mitigate potential issues. The true necessity to invest in modern devices lies in the enormous upside of the productivity-driven features they offer. Let’s explore why a technology refresh has become a bottom-line requisite.

A crash course in downtime

Toast always falls butter side down, every light turns red when you’re running late, and system crashes happen at the most inopportune time. Although we can’t undo cosmic truths, we can address how to avoid a costly IT crash in your organization.

In the marketplace today, there’s a large shift away from on-premise data storage. This is largely due to the rise of cloud services and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, which store your data safely in remote systems and can't be impacted by a computer malfunction.

Migrating your critical data and applications to a cloud platform not only reduces your risk of losing critical data from a disaster or attack, but it also greatly lowers your operational costs while increasing the effectiveness of your IT processes.

Sure, it can be expensive to update your entire fleet of devices, but that upfront cost can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Upgrading to Windows 10 devices powered by Intel, for example, will better equip your employees for the challenges of today and ensure your data, devices and organization are protected from a hardware failure and costly downtime.

The price tag on procrastination

Imagine skipping your next oil change and, even worse, the one after that, as well. Like it or not, you would be asking for an engine malfunction, outrageous repair costs and, more than likely, a bus pass. The same notion applies to avoiding an overdue device refresh.

Older devices are susceptible to data loss, cyberattacks and limited tech support from software and hardware providers — all costs that could be mitigated with a technology upgrade.

Outdated hardware leaves your business vunerable to security risks, costly maintenance and decreased productivity. Partnering with a service provider such as Insight can offer extensive device options and payment structures to help you find a custom fit for your needs — without overextending your budget.

Your business can also greatly benefit from simple and flexible device management. According to the 2018 Insight Intelligent Technology Index, companies dedicated an average 28% of their 2017 IT budgets to managed services. This trend is only continuing, driven by the needs for additional expertise, to free internal resources, to provide better support to employees and for greater agility.

Solutions such as Insight Managed Office deliver end-user computing on a business’s behalf. It provides modern devices as a service, complete with cloud applications and managed services — all on a monthly subscription.

Raise your productivity, not your blood pressure.

Legacy devices often lack the ability to run multiple apps or provide mobility or support software, reducing workplace productivity as a result.

Decreased productivity from outdated hardware and software can quickly add up. Hours are wasted, potential business can be lost, and even employee retention and satisfaction can suffer when personnel habitually have to deal with slow and error-prone systems.

Modern devices are now equipped with powerful operating systems and processors designed to drive efficiency, redefining what’s possible in productivity. Devices running Windows 10, for example, come with the Office 365 cloud suite of applications, which are aimed at facilitating productive collaboration from multiple users.

Additionally, new Windows 10 devices are powered by 8th generation Intel Core vPro processors to help you keep pace with the digital world and avoid IT malfunction headaches.

Invest in peace of mind.

The pace and sophistication of technology are running concurrently with advanced cyberattacks. Leaving your critical information under the protection of outdated security measures is an invitation to an eventual breach. The opportunity cost of a security breach could potentially cripple your organization’s budget, and the threat only increases as smart technologies and businesses grow more intertwined.

Many organizations rely on high-level network security software and even outsource security for a holistic approach. The good news for endpoint security is that modern devices come with built-in security features to identify and eliminate risks before they can reach your network.

Windows 10, for example, delivers comprehensive, ongoing protection you can trust, including Windows Defender Antivirus, firewall technology and more. By staying up to date with security patches, you’re assured of the latest features and safeguards at no extra cost — an innovative and affordable security strategy.

Stop maintaining. Start innovating.

The extensive cost of maintaining legacy technology far outweighs the upfront cost of updating hardware. To keep up with modern business, you need to put your investments toward innovation, not maintenance. Don’t let legacy technology slow you down. Experience greater productivity, built-in security, enhanced user experiences and better performance by refreshing your devices.

Simplify your path to productivity.

Insight and Intel will help you refresh your hardware for optimal performance and cost savings.

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