15th August 2014
Businesses generally replace their computers every 3,4 or even 5 years. This cycle is common industry practice and seems logical as the point of when maintaining it will cost more than replacing it.
However there are reports that this model is now outdated and replacing or upgrading "Businesses generally replace their computers every 3,4 or even 5 years"ser’s machines more frequently achieves a significantly better return on investment.
Reports suggest that despite replacement and migration costs a 2 year cycle rather than the normal 3-4 years will gain a much more positive outcome for the business.
Tests using an old generation laptop and an updated equivalent give surprising results on how much more productive staff are with the newer machine over a 2 year period. Between 5 and 10% increase depending on the job role and dependence on IT. An administrator likely to achieve an impressive 12% more.
When the above equates in work days per employee then the need for adding additional staff is reduced.
So some considerations
• Businesses need a fresh approach to their PC replacement policy, devices are now much cheaper now than 10 years ago so the employee and device costs ratio is very different.
• Cloud will make the migration and upgrade process much cheaper in terms of both labour and employee downtime.
• Businesses that do not adopt a new approach will suffer from lower user productivity than competitors that do. User frustration may also lead to a higher staff turnover rate.
• Based on the evidence there is no reason to remain with an outdated longer replacement policy.
If you would like the full report of the test please do contact us at Epoq IT and we’ll get this over to you.
If would like any advice on hardware available for your business or cloud solutions then please get in touch with the team here at Epoq IT.