Here at Cornerstone Technologies, we are big fans of getting the most out of hardware and spending as little as possible. The same applies to our clients, we never suggest that they spend money just to spend it. However, sometimes there are clients that I run into that have seemingly refused to spend money and insist on getting the most out of their 12 year old computers and network resources that would have been outdated when Windows 98 was released.
What is most troubling is that clients still regard their data safe when in fact no record of any kind of backup is evident. While we are not fans of cloud based solutions as of yet, anything is better than ignorance and pixie dust. We recommend many solutions that are cost effective and proven. Organizations should not rely on their file server or anything else to always be reliable. All hard drives fail, its just a matter of when. As a company that engages in data recovery on a routine basis, it is much easier and cheaper to be prepared.
The other thing organizations are skimping on are workstations in order for their workers to actually accomplish the tasks in which they are paid. I recently sat down with an employee at a company at her desk to better understand what they were facing. They were using a 12 year old desktop to run multiple databases and to do basic clerical and office work. Doing any task requiring typing was taking ages. Basic data entry tasks were time intensive and painfully slow to watch. The computer had never been maintained or upgraded because it ‘wasn’t in the budget’. Upgrading and replacing hardware might seem expensive, but is a crucial aspect of smoothly running a business. Employees that are not able to efficiently complete tasks are not cost effective themselves. It is important that they have the right tools for the right job that are maintained.
If your business is struggling to keep up because of aged hardware or software, contact Cornerstone Technologies of Indiana to solve the problem.
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