How can a company stay ahead of aging technology? This can be a challenge with a network consisting of components purchased over the course of several years. With 2016 just around the corner, now is the perfect time to address this and have your company poised to maximize the value it gets from it technology.
Document IT Assets
Networks tend to grow in increments over the years, depending on need, and many companies simply don’t know what they have. First conduct an inventory and document the network – hardware and software. This process may also uncover any unlicensed software in use.
Assign End-of-Life Dates
Sometimes, the network “discovery” tool can also find out when each device was put into service and from there, it’s relatively simple to determine which assets are at their “end of life”. Servers tend to have a longer life than PCs – 6 or 7 years in some cases. Operating systems and productivity suites usually have well-publicized schedules for the end of their support. PCs are considered “old” when they get past 4 years – at that point, repairs to them might cost more than the machine is worth.
Make an IT Budget
With a current and accurate list of network assets and their expected lifespans, it’s possible to build orderly company-wide technology refreshes into the company’s IT budget. This will provide several important benefits:
- - Cash flow is predictable
- - Down time is reduced
- -Network technology is always up-to-date
Many companies don’t have the expertise to do these three steps or the time. This is where a Managed Service Provider (MSP) can help, and the cost of the service is more than offset by the benefits listed above. Clare Computer Solutions has years of experience helping companies keep their technology up-to-date and running smoothly. Contact us today for a no-cost 1 hour assessment.