Intel released a report on the costs associated with extending the life of old computers versus refreshing with new models.  This report is more than an attempt to sell more computers. The fact is, they are right on target in their evaluation of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Computers have a limited life cycle both from a physical and use perspective. An old computer is like an old car, it can nickel and dime you to death and eventually leave you stranded when you need it the most. But with today’s tough economic climate many small and medium enterprises are delaying the refresh in an attempt to save cash. Deferring any refreshing of equipment is a false economy and will cost you big time later on. There are other options available though.

The best strategy is a blend of replace and repair.

  • Evaluate your current computer inventory based on age and the role it plays in your operation, critical or non-critical;
  • Refresh critical equipment with new purchases;
  • Replace what is at the end of its life with new equipment;
  • Upgrade the rest to a minimum performance standard;
  • Assign some budget money to cover the cost  of repairs, current and future.

An important trap to avoid is the creation of ‘Frankenstein’ computers. This is when parts from a variety of PCs are thrown together to create a working unit. A drive from this one, a power supply from another, an HP system board in a DELL case, etc. This is a creative approach for the geeks but doesn’t make good sense from a business perspective.

It’s pretty simple really. If your computers need to work to support your business, make sure they are in working condition.

Dean

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