When Does the Cost of Not Upgrading Exceed the Cost of Upgrading?

It really depends on you, and what shape your computer is in, and what you use your computer for.

Here are some questions to ask yourself, related to your usage and your future plans:

1) What exactly are you currently using your computer for? Is this model adequately meeting those needs?

2) What areas is your computer underperforming in?

3) What do you need or want it to do better or faster?

4) How old is the machine, and what would any upgrades require in terms of time and money?

Although we live in a society that constantly sings a song of “Bigger, Brighter, Better”, there are folks that believe ‘make-do’ is fine, and chose to reduce landfill in conscientious ways, such as holding on to a slow performing computer for six years. However, if you are a business person, time is money, and a constant delay for each page to download, will seriously impact your productivity and efficiency, which could indicate it is time to upgrade.

Software is advancing at a tremendous pace. There are better ways to track inventory, do billings, and follow up on clients. If your new software is decreasing your overall computer performance, or if your computer barely meets the minimum installation requirements, it may be time to move on.

If you want or need to upgrade to a more recent operating system (like Windows), or you need to be compatible with your phone or other mobile apps in order to be more efficient while you are away from your desk, it may be time to upgrade.

Some options could include doing a system clean up to speed up your computer (we recommend getting IT Solution INDIA to do it, of course), partly to un-install duplicate or un-used programs – if speed is your main or only issue. Giving your computer a good going over to check for issues such as the amount of hard drive space available, bad files, data corruption, or overheating issues can make a significant improvements.

If speed is your main reason for upgrading, you might want to check on your internet connection. If your connection is not as fast or as reliable as it could be, that will impact your overall performance by causing frustrating delays and down times. Lack of memory can impact your speed too, so purchasing more memory can prolong the use of your system. An old router or modem can also reduce network performance.

If you plan to upgrade, realize the price of the new system is not the only cost you are looking at. There are also the costs related to the time, and energy (and money as well if you are not able to do the upgrades yourself) to migrate your information over to the new equipment. You will want to seriously consider how you are doing your back up. When you are migrating your information, if something should go wrong, what price tag can you place on the loss of your company data?

Your reasons for upgrading needs to be a much more solid business decision than just wanting all the newest, latest, and greatest! If your upgrading costs are significant, and your computer is getting older, it might be time to bite the bullet and purchase a whole new system now (affordable leasing option are available – ask IT Solution INDIA!), rather than struggle along piecing your system together as you go.

A rule of thumb should be this: You will want to upgrade when the cost of not upgrading exceeds the cost of upgrading.

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