By Mike Kirby on 10/29/18 1:01 PM
Unless you just finished a big IT overhaul, chances are the technology you are using is outdated—or is about to be. And that outdated technology is probably causing you a lot of frustration and costing you a lot of money. According to one survey, a PC that’s just four years old accounts for an additional $1500 in expenses every year. Multiply that by the number of PCs in your office and it starts to add up fast.
So how can you tell if it’s time for a technology upgrade, and how do you know which upgrades are worth it? Here are some questions to ask yourself before you dive in:
- Are your employees frustrated by the technology currently in your office? Employees are a vital part of every organization. It is important to take care of employees and make sure they have all the resources they need to do their best work. Slow, outdated, or inadequate technology can amplify frustration and stress. Luckily, the right technology can immediately reduce some of that frustration and stress. If your projectors only work half the time or employees waste time searching for cords, your company may be able to benefit from a technology upgrade in the office. Whether it’s switching from projectors to TV screens in the conference room, upgrading the speakers, or utilizing better collaboration tools, there are many ways to make employees’ lives easier. Not only can this help increase productivity in the workplace, but it will also lead to happier employees.
- Where do you see your company going in the future? If your company is expected to grow, it may be useful to upgrade technology now to stay ahead of the competition. As companies increase in size, customers expect more and more. Slow and outdated technology makes it difficult to keep up with the fast-paced corporate culture. If growth is not a top priority for your firm, then it may not be necessary to make these upgrades.
- Do customers ever come into your office? The internal atmosphere of your office can influence what customers think about a company and its products. If you’re selling modern products to modern consumers, you don’t want your office to give the impression that it’s from the previous decade. If customers see an outdated office, they may translate this to mean outdated products. Even if customers see your office for two minutes, upgrades could make or break their first impression.
- Is there someone you can trust to give you the best advice about the technology upgrades your company could benefit from most? AV technologists can create custom technology solutions for individual businesses. These professionals know the ins and outs of every piece of technology and how it can benefit a company. Whatever your budget may be, it’s important to consult with professionals who can provide you with different options to match the needs of your business.
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