Technology is the beating heart of any successful organization, so it’s important to make sure it can keep up with your requirements and align with your goals. While you can’t always expect things to go perfectly, there are some signs to look out for that might suggest your current technology infrastructure needs an upgrade. In this post, we’ll be looking at four of those telltale signs.
#1. Low Interoperability
Depending on how you approach it, technology can either be a bane or a boon. Having the wrong mix of systems and software can quickly become a major drag on productivity and efficiency, which ultimately increases operational costs. For example, while one system might be just fine for some internal operations, it might struggle when it comes to online collaboration and file-sharing due to incompatibility with other systems.
Low interoperability can severely stunt business growth, since it will prevent you from being able to take advantage of important modern trends, such as the ability to do business on the move or reach out to talent around the world. If your technology is holding you back from the new era of workforce flexibility and cloud productivity, then you’ll be missing out.
#2. Deprecated Systems
Most systems and software, particularly those designed for corporate use, have clearly defined lifespans, after which they’ll be rendered obsolete and no longer supported by the original manufacturers. One example is the extended support for Windows XP, which ended in 2014. This means Microsoft no longer releases security patches and updates for the OS.
It’s one thing to know when a product’s support lifecycle ends, but it’s quite another to retire it. While it’s always tempting to avoid fixing things that aren’t broken, the rule doesn’t hold true in IT. Systems and software that are no longer supported are often downright dangerous, since they can develop security vulnerabilities that will never be patched.
#3. Malfunctioning Systems
Most computer malfunctions don’t manifest in the form of something obvious like an explosion – most of the time, they’re relatively subtle and develop over time. If your systems seem to be running noisier and hotter than they once were, it could mean they’re in need of a thorough cleaning or, more likely, a hardware upgrade. Software issues, by contrast, are often characterized by random crashes and slowdowns.
Another sign it’s time for an upgrade is if your employees start complaining about regular malfunctions, slow systems, or legacy hardware they don’t even know how to use properly. Ignoring these problems would only end up costing you more money in the longer term through ongoing repair bills and maintenance.
#4. Increased Demand
To be successful, your business must be flexible, able to quickly take advantage of new market opportunities. But if it’s stuck with outdated systems, adjusting to customer demand in a timely manner is impossible, and your old technology ends up costing you money.
If your business is seeing increased demand, yet your current systems are struggling to keep up, you could end up even worse off due to increased customer frustration and reduced employee productivity. After all, no one wants to hear about your tech failings. That’s why many companies are starting to take advantage of the limitless scalability of the cloud and all the other benefits that come with it.
A secure and reliable technology infrastructure forms the foundation of any modern business. That’s why F1 Solutions is here to offer a full range of IT support and cloud computing services. Call us today if you’re looking for a technology partner you can truly depend on.