Business leaders spend so much time making sure their network and software is up to date and working efficiently, they sometimes underestimate the value of evaluating hardware. If the devices used to access the network and software aren’t up to speed, it doesn’t matter how innovative or effective they are. A company can’t maximize its full potential if the machines used to do business aren’t qualified to handle the necessary tasks.
The New Minimums
No company goes into business with the goal of using outdated hardware. But over time, network demands increase, software becomes more robust and users require more features and integration. Cutting-edge computers have a shelf life, and eventually, technology surpasses their ability to process the required information at an appropriate speed. The strain on old hardware can create slowdowns, problems with compatibility, and a frustrating user experience for employees. And the company loses time and money (and possibly more business) until the issues are resolved.
And, at some point, the issues must be resolved. The minimum hardware requirements to run your business increases every year, even if the hardware itself isn’t updated. Eventually, decision-makers must address how to keep the company’s hardware assets from becoming inadequate. Processor speed, memory, storage, and even screen size and resolution make a difference in how effective employees can be, and how well a network’s features are utilized. It doesn’t make sense to invest in the best software if the hardware can’t reap the full benefits of its capabilities. So when a business is evaluating how to stay on top of its game, hardware inventory needs to be an integral part of the discussion.