Advances in technology are like a treadmill, one that is constantly speeding up. As the processing ability of computers improves, the amount of the data we expect them to handle grows exponentially. It becomes inevitable that equipment will slow down over time.It's vital that companies schedule upgrades or even replace their hardware before this impacts their ability to process transactions. But how can you tell if your hardware isn't running optimally? Or, even worse, how can you tell if it's on the verge of complete failure?
First, you should plan for the fact that most hardware has a three-year lifecycle. Not all components will have to be completely replaced every three years, but an update of some sort will need to be factored in. Security upgrades in particular should be conducted either semi-annually or quarterly. Your IT integration partnershould facilitate these upgrades in a phased approach, keeping you ahead of the curve.
Also, when you notice a change in processing speed (say, a transaction suddenly lags before completion,) that is a sure sign that your equipment should be upgraded. Any errors or system “freezes” are also red flags. You should notify your IT integration partner as soon as possible so they can start planning an update schedule. They'll also be able to discern if replacing the hardware is the more cost-effective solution.
The goal for any business is to maintain seamless IT functionality. By staying vigilant and communicating any warning signs to your IT integration partner, you can avoid costly delays and errors. It's all about being proactive and scheduling upgrades before they become necessary.