The hassle of hardware refreshes

Is it time to upgrade your businesses computer hardware, but you’re worried about getting the “latest and greatest” technology because you’re worried about potential bugs in the system? Were you burned (no pun intended) by the recall of the Samsung Note 7 – a recall that happened less than two weeks after the anticipated smart phone hit the shelves?

New hardware often means new headaches for a business and its management. First, it’s important to research the potential upgrades and determine what it is your company needs in order to ensure a smooth transition. It’s important for any business owner or executive to plan and research any purchases before signing a check and installation agreement. Before upgrading your technology, there are a number of things Cibecs noted that a business owner should consider in order to avoid long nights, high stress and potential loss of revenue.

The first thing to consider are logistical risks. Do you have the space necessary to hold the hardware until it can be switched out? What about after the equipment is switched out before it can be disposed of? With e-recycling rules in many communities, electronics can no longer be taken to a dump, they must be properly disposed of under new environmental regulations. Have you considered shipping costs? What about the costs of project management? These are important factors to consider.

Perhaps most critical to consider are data migration risks. No matter who you are, transferring data between computers is a process that must be done to the highest standards. Any rushed attempts and a business stands the risk of losing data and content that is essential. Data migration is an essential component of business, but also a costly one. Citing Bloor, IT research analysts, businesses spend more than $5 billion annually on data migration. But, Cibecs notes there is a high risk of migration failure – a rate of about 60 percent. That makes it critical to ensure successful migration. Some of the common data migration problems include performance issues, compatibility issues, corrupt or missing data, long down times or failure to restore data to its original location.

Before attempting any kind of data migration, it’s important for a business to ensure that all data and content is backed up. However, backups have their own issues. Cibecs explains that backups take time, which has its own value, it can take up an enormous amount of additional digital space and could also have its own reliability issues.

Another issue to consider, especially in this new economy, is the number of remote systems in use. With more and more people working from home, or in remote locations away from a central office, coordinating data migration can be difficult to set up given the logistics of the situation.

Another key to consider when updating hardware is when it will happen. Because most businesses do not want any sort of update to result in downtime for employees, such tech moves are scheduled in overnight hours or on the weekend. However, those time frames have their own problems as well, including technical support availability.

These are a few key issues to consider when exploring the idea of updating hardware and investing a sizeable amount of money.