It’s that time of year. When we start making lists of gifts we might want to get this holiday season. What about your business? What do you want for your business this next year? Do you want to continue with things as they are for your IT? You could assume that everything will just continue to work the way that it has been working, and not worry about replacing things that seem to be doing OK right now.
Or you could make a list of what you need and what you want for your business, and see how you can make those things happen.
One of the things that you’ll need to be putting on your list is new workstations. You could replace everything all at once or you could purchase a certain amount of computers every few years. Which sounds better to you? To pay a lot of money all at once or to pay a smaller amount of money every few years?
Smaller amount definitely sounds better doesn’t it? And you end up replacing things over time, and it can work.
But there can be issues in terms of compatibility. And not just for one employee being jealous that his colleague got a new computer and he won’t get one for 4 more years.
As you update some work stations, they’ll come with some updates to the software. You may have employees working with different versions of Office or of Windows, for example. If you make your wish list of new work stations now, you can put it in your budget for next year. It’s a lot all at once, but it can be a smarter option.
If a phased approach and the smaller budget is what works for you right now, start figuring out when and how you’ll be replacing the workstations, keeping everything up to date and compatible. Don’t try and push the limits for the lifetime of a workstation. If it’s several years old, you’re playing a waiting game for how long it’ll work with updated software and how long it will work the way that you want it to.
Put workstations on your wish list and make it happen.