We get a lot of calls from businesses in Dallas/ Ft. Worth that are having difficulties with their old technology. For example, one company called saying that their SBS 2008 server kept shutting down, and they constantly had to reboot it. The server problem was affecting their ability to operate because it went down for 30 to 45 minutes every day.
Outdated technology can cause downtime as we mentioned above. Not only is this frustrating but can result in a real drain on your staff’s productivity and potentially your revenue. Even 30 minutes a day of downtime is costly. In fact, depending on the size of a business, Gartner estimates downtime can cost upwards of $5,600 for every minute lost!
Consider what only 30 minutes of downtime each day adds up to:
Even if this were just downtime on a single faulty desktop, that would mean the user loses three full work weeks to downtime every year! – But in if a server goes down, this causes downtime for your entire staff. Your costs are multiplied by each person depending on your technology.
This quickly adds up to hundreds of hours of downtime every year companywide, during which time staff members are being paid but can’t access customer information, can’t calculate quotes on the spot, can’t send email confirmations, or anything else that requires using their computers.
When your network is down, your employees can’t get their work done. Production slows, your salespeople can’t connect with prospects, and, ultimately, your customers might leave for the competition.
No network is entirely safe from the talented hackers out there today. So how do you minimize the chance that your network gets breached? Without up-to-date and a properly configured network infrastructure, your business will be vulnerable.
The older your server, computers, wireless, software, operating systems and other technology, the easier they can be hacked. If they aren’t constantly updated to combat the latest cyber threats, your data is at risk. Data losses affect your reputation and can result in litigation and penalties which will cost you so much more than keeping your technology up to date.
Your network performance and connectivity will be lacking as you add employees. Old and outdated systems can’t meet today’s increasing and expanding needs. Unless you add new equipment, the traffic will get bogged down. This means it can’t meet your basic needs. And when this happens, your competition will be able to take over your market share,
The same happens with your wireless system goes down regularly. When it can’t keep up with new devices, you may fall behind in orders, shipments and other logistics. This hits you in the bank account when angry customers move on to your competition. If this happens, you need a wireless expert who can diagnose the cause, whether it’s due to dead spots, hardware failures or access points that need updating.
If you have signal weaknesses now, things will get worse as you add newer wireless devices in the future. Your wireless expert will test scenarios to identify challenges with your slow-running wireless infrastructure. Wireless engineers are continually updated about today’s devices and the right wireless hardware to support them. They will also help you find the right combination of hardware based on your organization’s environment.
If you use outdated technology in an industrial or construction setting, you could be faced with safety issues from downtime. You probably don’t even realize how dependent you are on your technology until it goes down.
Network and wireless failures run from the production floor level all the way up to your leadership, creating issues that negatively affect performance, safety and your bottom line.
Just consider the human resources you’ll need to invest in remedying everything that goes down when your technology does. If you had the right equipment in the first place, you wouldn’t be dealing with these problems.
Your IT provider can identify what’s causing your productivity issues. It may be faulty wireless hardware or the need for you to scale up with additional equipment to improve signal strength. You may need a new server, computer, operating system or software. But, one thing is for sure, if you do nothing about downtime and interruptions, your business will lose productivity and revenue, and in an industrial or construction setting, cause safety issues..
As with any emerging technology, it’s more cost-effective to replace equipment every few years than it is to struggle with outdated equipment. The gains you’ll experience from upgrading your hardware will outweigh the cost of replacement. The increased speed alone will justify the cost of upgrading. You might not realize this because you’ve become accustomed to slow computing or wireless speeds. Once you upgrade, you’ll be glad that you did when you see how much more efficient your new system is.
This means that you won’t get bug fixes or security updates from Microsoft. Over time, the security and reliability of Windows 7 will make your computers vulnerable to security threats. Your computers could be infected by malware, your antivirus won’t be updated, your online banking transaction protection may expire, and your financial data could be exposed to theft.
Yes – your applications may not be updated, your other software could be incompatible, utilities won’t be supported, and new devices may not connect to your system.
Plus, computer manufacturers will no longer support Windows 7. This means things like printers, desktops, laptops and more won’t be guaranteed to work as they should. Your security programs and third-party browsers won’t support Windows 7. And, when you or your employees browse the Web, you could be exposed to cyber threats. All of this will take place over time.
Windows Server 2008 end of life means that Microsoft will no longer update this product unless a warranty compels them to do so. January 14, 2020 marks the End of Support for Servers 2008 and 2008R2.
Unfortunately, many businesses in Dallas/Fort Worth are still not ready. The reasons vary, but many company owners stay busy running their day-to-day operations. They just don’t have time for issues like this. And yet, this is a crucial server EOL that could cause many disruptions to your business if not dealt with promptly.
You may think you’re saving money by not upgrading, but in the end, you aren’t getting the return on investment that you should with slow speeds, interruptions and downtime. Forward-thinking companies know how much more effective their employees are with more capable technology.
Assessing the viability of technology takes knowledge and experience. It’s always best to find a reliable IT provider in Dallas/Fort Worth to do this. They will also determine your specific requirements and help you upgrade cost-effectively.
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