The Worst That Can Happen If You Don’t Update Your IT Equipment as A Business

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In today’s digital world, it is more important than ever for businesses to keep their IT equipment up to date. Outdated equipment can lead to a number of problems, including:

  • Security breaches: Outdated software and hardware are more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Hackers can exploit known vulnerabilities to gain access to your systems and steal data or disrupt your operations.
  • Compliance issues: Many industries have regulations that require businesses to use certain types of IT equipment or software. If you don’t update your equipment, you could face fines or other penalties.
  • Performance problems: Outdated equipment is often slower and less efficient than newer models. This can lead to productivity losses and customer dissatisfaction.
  • Compatibility problems: Newer software and hardware may not be compatible with older equipment. This can make it difficult to integrate new systems into your existing infrastructure and can lead to data loss or corruption.
  • Increased costs: In the long run, outdated equipment can cost you more money. You may have to pay for more expensive repairs or replacements, or you may lose business to competitors who have invested in newer technology.

Here are some of the worst things that can happen to your business if you don’t update your IT equipment:

  • Data loss: A data breach can be devastating for a business. If your IT equipment is outdated and vulnerable to attack, hackers could steal your customer data, financial information, or intellectual property. This could lead to lost revenue, reputational damage, and even legal liability.
  • System outages: Outdated equipment is more likely to fail, which can lead to system outages. This can disrupt your operations and cost you money. For example, if your online store goes down, you could lose sales and damage your customer relationships.
  • Compliance violations: Many industries have regulations that require businesses to use certain types of IT equipment or software. If you don’t update your equipment, you could face fines or other penalties. For example, healthcare providers must comply with HIPAA regulations, which require them to use certain security measures to protect patient data.
  • Competitive disadvantage: Your competitors are probably investing in new IT equipment to improve their efficiency and productivity. If you don’t do the same, you will quickly fall behind. Outdated equipment can make it difficult to keep up with customer demand and offer innovative new products and services.

What can you do to avoid these problems?

The best way to avoid the problems associated with outdated IT equipment is to have a regular replacement schedule. You should also keep your software up to date by applying security patches and updates as soon as they are available.

If you are not sure whether your IT equipment is up to date, you can consult with an IT professional. They can assess your needs and recommend the best way to update your systems. We at ITTP carry out I.T. needs analysis surveys for this very reason.

Here are some tips for updating your IT equipment:

  • Create a budget and a timeline: Before you start updating your IT equipment, it is important to create a budget and a timeline. This will help you to stay on track and avoid overspending.
  • Prioritize your needs: Not all IT equipment is created equal. Some equipment is more important to your business than others. Prioritize your needs and update the most important equipment first.
  • Consider your options: There are a number of different ways to update your IT equipment. You can buy new equipment, lease equipment, or rent equipment. Consider your budget and your needs to choose the best option for your business.
  • Get help from an IT professional: If you are not sure how to update your IT equipment, you can get help from an IT professional. They can help you to choose the right equipment and install it correctly.

 Contact us on our Contact form page here. Updating your IT equipment is an investment in the future of your business. By keeping your systems up to date, you can avoid a number of problems and improve your efficiency, productivity, and security.

Upgraded Old Computers vs. New Computers: Striking the Balance between Nostalgia and Performance

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As technology rapidly advances, the dilemma between sticking to a beloved old computer or investing in a brand-new one becomes a recurring conundrum for many users. Both options have their merits, catering to different needs and preferences. Let’s explore the pros and cons of upgrading an old computer versus purchasing a new one.

Upgrading an old computer often appeals to the sentimental user, someone who has grown attached to their trusted machine over the years. Nostalgia plays a significant role here, as they cherish the memories associated with their loyal companion. Additionally, upgrading specific components, such as adding more RAM, replacing the hard drive with an SSD, or upgrading the graphics card, can breathe new life into the system. This approach is often more budget-friendly than buying a brand-new computer, allowing users to extend the lifespan of their machine without a hefty upfront cost.

However, there are limitations to upgrading old computers. Technological progress moves at a rapid pace, and older systems might not be compatible with the latest hardware and software. Upgrading certain components might not yield substantial performance improvements due to hardware bottlenecks or outdated architecture. Eventually, the old computer may reach a point where further upgrades are no longer feasible or cost-effective, leaving the user with a compromised computing experience.

On the other hand, investing in a new computer guarantees cutting-edge technology and performance. Modern computers come equipped with the latest processors, graphics cards, and other components, ensuring a smooth and efficient user experience. Moreover, new computers often offer enhanced energy efficiency, reducing the environmental impact compared to older, power-hungry machines.

However, new computers can be considerably more expensive than upgrades. For some users, the cost of purchasing a brand-new system might not fit their budget. Additionally, buying a new computer means parting ways with the familiar, personalized setup of their old machine, which can be a difficult adjustment for long-time users.

Ultimately, the decision between upgrading an old computer and buying a new one depends on individual needs and circumstances. If nostalgia, budget constraints, and modest computing requirements are paramount, upgrading an old computer can be a viable option. However, for those seeking cutting-edge performance, compatibility with the latest software, and have the financial means, a new computer is the way to go.

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Regardless of the choice, responsible e-waste management should always be a consideration. Donating or recycling old computers ensures they don’t end up in landfills, contributing to environmental sustainability. Whichever path users take, finding the right balance between nostalgia and performance will lead to a computing experience that meets their unique preferences and needs.

Technology is developing at an unprecedented pace

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Technology is developing at an unprecedented pace. New innovations are being introduced all the time, and it can be difficult to keep up. This can make it challenging to plan for how technology will be used in the future.

However, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you are prepared for the future of technology.

First, it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends. Read articles, attend conferences, and talk to experts in the field. This will help you to understand the potential impact of new technologies and how they could be used in your organization.

Second, you need to develop a clear vision for how you want to use technology. What are your goals? What are your challenges? How can technology help you to achieve your goals and overcome your challenges? Once you have a clear vision, you can start to develop a plan for how to implement it.

Finally, you need to be flexible. The pace of technological change is constantly accelerating. What works today may not work tomorrow. This means that you need to be willing to adapt your plans as needed.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you are prepared for the future of technology. By staying up-to-date, developing a clear vision, and being flexible, you can use technology to your advantage and achieve your goals.

Here are some additional tips for planning to use technology:

Identify your needs. What do you hope to achieve by using technology? Once you know what you want to achieve, you can start to look for solutions that will help you reach your goals.

Consider your resources. How much money do you have to spend on technology? What kind of expertise do you have in-house? These factors will help you to narrow down your options and choose the right solutions for your needs.

Do your research. Read reviews, compare products, and talk to other users before making a decision. This will help you to make sure that you are getting the best possible value for your money.

Get training. Once you have chosen your technology, make sure that you and your employees are trained on how to use it effectively. This will help to ensure that you get the most out of your investment.

By following these tips, you can make sure that you are planning for the future of technology in a way that is both effective and efficient.

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Pixel Devices Update

An update on Pixel usage

Thought we would pop on and give an update on the pixel devices now we have been using them and they have had a number of updates.

Google Pixel 7 Pro Phone

As mentioned in our first post we have been using the phone for business and leisure.

What are we finding?

Well, it does the job and has only had a few glitches that have caused concern. The screen has on occasion went faded out and then come back again after pressing a few buttons. It also hasn’t responded quickly to some light changes in the room I have been in. A slight lag as they say.

The battery is OK and it seems to cope with all the apps I use and the constant usage for business and then leisure. (And I assure you that’s a lot.)

The screen is large and very clear once you step it up to the higher display setting. Very sharp and clear. The camera is doing what it says as well and you can zoom in a great distance and still get clear pictures, due to the AI taking over. Also, Macro is good and I find myself using portrait mode when taking closer photos and it blurs the background. I have only played with the magic eraser a few times and it works. Sometimes it guesses and gets the filing background slightly askew.

Processors are fast and the security levels are much improved. I now have access to Google VPN when out and about as well. So, all in all, tick, tick, tick.

The leather case I ordered from Google as well and I am slightly disappointed with it. It is becoming dirty very fast and scuffing at comers and edges are becoming visible. I may have to replace this.

Onto the Pixel Watch

Well, as mentioned in the initial post, the battery life here is the problem and I still charge it around three times per day. I have had some updates and I thought this might cure things. But alas no.

It has also had some glitches with the use of NFC for payments and sometimes just doesn’t perform.

I also had problems adding my company card to the watch for payment and have had to contact my bank on each occasion. It crashed on me after an update and I had to research getting it running again as it had frozen on restarting screen. Got there eventually. It just seems a bit buggy. I have had Wear watches for a good few years now. Staring with a Motorola one and then a Huawei W1 and then the Fossil Gen 5. So, no stranger to them. This one just needs something that would make it more stable.

The strap design, for getting on and off is good and I have ordered some extra straps and can change them easily. The battery and the bugginess are the main issues. Will see how things go.

All these devices were purchased from the Google Store. https://store.google.com/gb/?hl=en-GB

Watch this space and we may be back soon, let us know what your thoughts are if you have dived into the Pixel train

What is the key factor about adopting technology?

A question I am asked a lot is, “What technology should I be using?”

The better question would be why should I use that technology?

So, what is the point of this article.? It is all about what you need and what you do.

The technology of yesterday, is not the technology of tomorrow as it is changing so fast. This matters because of the reason that technology is changing. It is changing because of customer demand a lot of the time and the new technology helps users work smarter and not harder.

So, what are the key factors about adopting new technology?

The ultimate answer is you are the key factor, let me explain further: –

I could easily go into any of my clients and simply say here is the new tech and you need it now. This of course is a broad-brush approach and they may not need half of what I am telling them they need.

So, I never do that, I ask loads and I mean loads of questions. I need to get inside their heads and their business. My forte is that I keep an eye and focus on what is out there and can advise accordingly.

I try and establish the following: –

  1. What do you and your business do just now?
  2. What may you be doing in the shorter term?
  3. Where do you see things in the longer term?

This enables me to focus on exactly you do and how you currently are doing it.

I can then look at solutions that are there just now that may make your tasks smarter and with emerging tech, I can advise on when you should maybe put your toe in the water.

I.T. is an ever-changing horizon and you have your focus and business to run. So why not hand it over to someone who focusses on the tech and get them to advise on what may be beneficial for you.

So, the key factors about adopting technology is you and your team and business. I always start from that point.

Should old kit be abandoned?

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Old kit gets a new life

The current statistics shown that the sales of various tech is now down and that people aren’t eagerly awaiting to buy the latest thing.

There are various reasons for this and to put your finger in the one would be wrong.

But it begs the question about what we do with old kit? I have been recently taking 7 year old laptops that have still some very good kit on board and upgrading by adding a SSD drive to them.

What do we do with our computers?

We need to look at what we now do with computers: –

  • A few years ago all programmes were on the computer and so was the data until we backed it up
  • The Internet was growing fast and we are getting faster access.
  • So cloud storage became a thing and has grown over the last few years to an amazing level.
    • “According to recent research by Nasuni, there is over 1 Exabyte of data stored in the cloud, or: 1024 Petabytes of data. 1,073,741,824 Gigabytes of data. Quintillion bytes of data” This data was 2013. 6 years ago.
  • These figures don’t even make sense to us. To try and comprehend this amount of data and storage becomes something we can’t relate to.
  • Applications are also becoming more cloud driven and this will only increase over the next few years. SAAS. (Software As A Service). Office 365 is a well-known one. Google utilities, (G-suite), etc. Monthly subscriptions and the latest and greatest always at your fingertips.

So what does this mean?

Well, the strain is being taken off a lot of standalone machines as the storage needs to be less as all data goes to the cloud. (See article on using the cloud, here.)

The machines if they have a large amount of RAM and a fast SSD drive can boot up in anything from 4 seconds to 18 seconds. (The one I worked on recently booted up in 4 seconds)

So old kit can be slightly upgraded and cope very well with what you need it to do. Thus alleviating the direct need to buy the latest kit all the time.

What’s best for you?

Well, that really depends on how you operate and the things you need to achieve. But don’t immediately write off all your current kit. Maybe it is just better connections that you need or you need to think about the way you operate and see if there are ways it can be done better.

What are your thoughts on this?

Comment below.