webmasterFebruary 22, 2018February 22, 2018If you run a small-to-medium business, you may follow the anthem, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Or in this case, replace it. But in today’s fast-paced world, desktops, laptops and even smartphones must be replaced on regular intervals for reasons you may have not have before considered. Five Reasons that Favor Replacement The Operating System is No Longer Supported. If your devices cannot upgrade to the current operating systems, it is time to look at new hardware for the office. An outdated OS sprouts a whole host of issues, including but not limited to lack of help from the vendor, a slower system and being ripe for a cyberattack. Employees and Clients Have Become Unsatisfied. I was at my car dealer a month ago and the service tech was complaining to me about the slowness of the system. It turns out their software was developed ten years ago and had very little updates since then. Even though their Wi-Fi was okay, the lack of software improvements caused employee embarrassment and longer check out times for clients, like me. Data is Susceptible to Being Lost. If most of your employees rely on their desktop’s internal hard drive and don’t back up files on a regular basis, massive data can be lost when the hard drive fails. It isn’t a question of if, it is a statement of when. All computer components fail eventually, and if there is no data redundancy plan, the files can be lost forever. There are Limited, Costly Tech Support Options. If your organization is running legacy systems from the 1980s, every year you defer a migration plan to newer technology, is the year your support options start to wane. In addition, the cost of support is high because of the demand for such finite number of support professionals. You Can’t Meet Regulation Standards. There are a lot of governmental rules in every industry and even more are forthcoming, especially in the arena of data privacy. Unsupported OS and applications will not be able to comply with these regulations and your company will be forced into untimely upgrades or pay stiff fines for noncompliance. Hartford Technology Rentals Has New Technology Rental Options The good news: You have options. If cash is tight, you can replace desktops with computer rentals or technology equipment leasing selections. All hardware will have the latest operating system, ant-virus software and can be preloaded with your applications. If you are unsure what hardware you want, a testing lounge can be set up for a few weeks with different computers to try out. We will work with you to find the solutions that best suit your needs and budget. Contact a Hartford Technology Rental representative today to explore the right technology for your business.