One of the many reasons why companies are not as productive, constantly getting hacked, or have issues is due to not upgrading your technology equipment and software. Every year new equipment and software comes out. Every year you need to review your equipment and software to ensure you’re updating them to stay current, comply with industry standards, and allows you to be more productive.
When it comes to equipment you’ll need to ensure that your equipment is working at optimal speed. Overtime as the devices get used there are many programs that may have been installed. The older the machine the slower the device. If the device is connected to the internet then there is no doubt that stuff is being downloaded on the back end. With technology equipment you need to make sure that your I.T. staff is constantly reviewing your usage and the time it takes for you to perform your day to day processes. If all they are doing is making sure your software is up to date, scanning for viruses, and making sure your device is getting backed up then they are not doing enough. Understanding how the user performs will assist your I.T. staff to know if your device needs other upgrades and maintenance. You do not want to lose productivity due to your device not working at optimal speed. There is a lot that plays into your device working properly. It could be your network equipment and internet that need to be upgraded as well. Having your I.T. staff or hiring someone to constantly maintain the devices and network will ensure that you can work with no issues and be productive.
When it comes to software it is very vital to make sure that you have the latest and greatest version. All the time software developers are constantly improving their software and providing updates for your software. The most crucial thing that hackers look at is how weak your software or network is. If you have dated software the hackers are more easily to penetrate your device or network. It is like leaving your window half way open in your home instead of making sure you shut it and lock it. When you update your software or network you can also work effectively and with no issues. Updating your software and network will also comply with industry standards. Check with your I.T. staff and or hire someone to make sure your software is always up to date and your network complies with security industry standards.