When to Upgrade Your Office Computers

office computer upgradeThe IT industry is developing at never-seen speed, but the investment into new technologies to make office work easier and more efficient is something that most companies fail to award the necessary attention to. Many companies, no matter what industry they work in, are reluctant to recognize that, without a suitable and efficient park of office computers and with the necessary upgrades to office software and hardware remaining only promises, they, in fact, compromise the efficiency of their business activity.

 

It is nowadays a fact of life that if you use office computers, you need to upgrade, sometimes even completely replace them, so here is our short outline of the reasons to upgrade and signs that require immediate action.

 

Why Upgrade

 

Office computer upgrades are beneficial for a number of reasons – here are just a few:

 

  • Enhanced productivity – old hardware that is required to run new software applications will slow down considerably. The time required to open a document in a more advanced format or to send those documents to the printer will become longer and chances are that there are new and widely used formats that old computers are completely unable to open, making efficient work even more difficult – issues that new computers do not have;

 

  • Energy efficiency – new computers are able to function more efficiently while using less energy, thus increasing your company’s return on investment faster;

 

  • Security considerations – old computers are unable to accommodate the most modern defense software applications, making your corporate system more vulnerable to threats, so upgrades are absolutely essential to be able to carry out your business activity safely.

 

Signs That Tell You That You Need Upgrades

 

Besides the overall benefits outlined above, there are very obvious signs that your office computers are in desperate need of an upgrade:

 

  • Computers slow down – unbearably long processing time can be the result of a process or it can appear after you install some sort of application that breaks the camel’s back. In both cases, you need to carry out a detailed evaluation of the situation to be able to determine whether it is just one component of your computer that needs replacement such as the CPU or your network is so old that you need to replace the workstations;

 

  • Computers become noisy – computers tend to become noisier as they age and loud operation is a tell-tale sign that indicates failure. If you hear fans and hard drives struggle to work, start creating backups for the data on your office computers and prepare to buy new machines;

 

  • Frequent breakdowns – if your computers need repair all the time, you better replace them before repair costs exceed the value of the equipment.

 

The best way to upgrade your office computers without ruining your IT budget and without compromising the operations of your company is by thinking ahead and putting together an upgrade or replacement plan before a catastrophic failure happens. Ideally, upgrades are necessary every three or four years, but the period that your office computers can function safely and efficiently depends entirely on your line of business, so evaluate your computers regularly and implement an upgrade strategy based on commonsense – it is the best way.

 

Building an Industrial Computer Systems

Industrial Computer SystemBuilding an industrial computer system is a complex task that should be preceded by taking into consideration of all the factors that can influence the performance, the reliability and, last but not least, the costs of owning the system. There are probably as many different sets of decisive factors as there are companies, so what we are proposing here is a general outline of a few of the most frequently used viewpoints.

Application Type

Do you need to build a system for a production plant that uses high-precision manufacturing processes? Do you need your computers to be able to run industry-specific interfaces? These are all questions that will determine your choice of industrial computer hardware.

Industrial Computer Performance and Processing Needs

When it comes to performance, one of the most important specifications and usually the first that experts check is the performance of the processor (CPU). The processing power that your system requires depends on the type of industrial project that the computers will be used for and it will determine not only your choice of processor, but also the selection of other components such as the mother board.

The Environment

The location where you will use the workstations in your industrial system is also a very important factor to be considered when building a system. Dust and other particles floating in the air in the space the computers are placed in can – and will – harm conventional computers, so in industrial environments your computers need to use special cooling and ventilation components to be able to face these special challenges.

Vibrations and shocks are also frequent in industrial environments and your computer system must be designed with these factors in mind as well. If your computers will be placed in an environment prone to shocks, make sure you use only special computer hardware that has been designed to endure such harsh conditions.

Another factor that you need to pay attention to when building your system is the temperature range in the space your computers will be required to function in. Extremely high temperatures can cause overheating, while extreme lows promote the accumulation of moisture, both very harmful for computers, so again, make sure you use special, dedicated hardware in your system to make it resistant to extreme climate conditions.

Power Needs and Features

Is your power supply stable and reliable at all times? Would you feel safer and more relaxed knowing that you have a back-up in case of power fluctuations, blackouts and surges? If your answer is no to the first question and yes to the second, you may want to consider having suitable uninterrupted power supplies added to the system at least at key nodes.

Industrial computer systems are best built by professionals, but company owners and managers can answer the questions asked by these professionals only if they know exactly what they want and they are familiar with the challenges posed by their environments. Before you hire anyone to build a system for your industrial facility, assess the facility based on the above aspects – you will see that the collaboration with your IT specialist will become much more efficient that way.