As a business owner, you try to make smart financial choices as often as you can.
For example, rather than jump on the brand new and shiny tech bandwagon every time a new model comes along, you prefer to continue using your older and trusty computers and other devices.
However, there comes a time when even the most hard-working and reliable tech needs to be replaced.
Check out the following clues that your company’s tech infrastructure is holding you back, as well as tips on how to replace it.
Really Slow Computers
If your company computers take forever and a day to boot up or load new programs, and if your own website will not load after a few seconds, it is a key sign that it is time to upgrade your system.
A super slow computer can indicate the need for new software, hardware, a faster internet connection or all three.
If you have already added additional RAM to your work computers and cleared out all unnecessary programs, consider shopping around for a new system for your team — as a bonus, everyone’s output should increase since they will have more time to work and less time waiting for the system to fire up.
Your Customers Are Grousing
If you and your team are fielding more complaints from customers about things related to your technology, it is definitely time to upgrade your system.
Issues can range from slow response times, a lack of self-service options and poor online security.
The last thing you need is for a lack of storefront security to lead to a data breach; this may cause your valued customers to go elsewhere to shop.
While you and your employees may be somewhat used to your old computers and related tech, if your clients notice to the point where they mention it, it’s time to start figuring out a solution.
You Are Still Old-Style in a Number of Ways
Another sign that your company’s tech infrastructure needs a serious makeover is the lack of devices that can help your business run more efficiently.
A good example of this is your phone system; if you have an employee answering all incoming calls merely to send them to another extension, it might be a good idea to invest in a modern phone system that will allow your team member to attend to other tasks.
New VoIP phone systems typically come with an “auto attendant” feature that will answer and route calls quickly.
Look to Artificial Intelligence
So, now that you know three key signs that your company’s technology needs to be upgraded, how can you go about it?
One way is to consider adopting cutting-edge hardware that is built for the future like the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence platform.
The AI platform is designed to make your company’s devices smarter — this includes smartphones and even company cars.
It does this by adapting to users along with their environment, which in turn will help make the AI-powered devices even more productive. Also, by saving on battery life, artificial intelligence can help a company’s tech remain sustainable over time.
AI is also able to run on different devices without relying on the cloud, which is a major bonus if you are concerned about privacy and reliability issues. And, since Snapdragon mobile platforms will be able to support wireless tech like the upcoming 5G, upgrading to AI is a great investment that you will be able to use for years to come.
Make the upgrades — you’ll be glad you did.
In many ways, outdated tech is like an old car. You may love it, but over time you are paying more and more to fix it and spending less time enjoying it. And, like a shiny new car is exciting to own, so is having fast and efficient technology that will allow your company to grow.
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