We all want to think we have put in place the best practices to support our organisation but sometimes just because systems appear to be working on the outside, behind the scenes the story could be very different. Running inefficient technology, can be extremely costly in the longer term and it can also have terminal follow on effects to your business should something go wrong. Even though some may try, it's not possible to cut down your IT costs by simply letting your IT get old.
Most businesses are oblivious to mounting technology debt as the problems associated with it don't suddenly appear, but creep up over time. So you need to look out for the telltale signs that those IT quick fixes are no longer working.
Here are 3 simple ways to cut down your IT costs:
1. Upgrade your aging hardware
While this might sound a bit contradictory, hear me out for a minute - if you’re still using a generation 1 Macintosh PC or a 10-year-old backup system, the chances are, you're spending too much money keeping it up and running. The older your hardware, the slower it is, the more likely it is to develop faults, and the less likely it is to run modern software efficiently (if at all).
Older hardware is also often less energy-efficient and this will drive up power bills. Old hardware is also costlier to fix, due to sourcing of end of life replacement parts (if you can get them at all).
This doesn’t mean you need to buy new hardware every single year — best practice of a 3 to 5 year refresh is still valid in this instance.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking “it’s still working, so I can keep it forever”. As we learned last year when Windows XP ended support, trying to keep old machines running forever can be frighently expensive.
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