You company must carefully examine hardware specs, software requirements, and upcoming system updates as you move forward with a refresh strategy. These elements must balance each other carefully, if you want to maximize your tech budget throughout the next few years. Your field of work will also impact your ability to futureproof hardware – film professionals will often require newer hardware faster than most retail businesses.
Examine Existing Software and Accessories
Software licenses and peripherals aren’t cheap, and you’ll want to make sure that your new hardware can handle current versions and upcoming releases. Since most software licenses aren’t returnable, you’ll be stuck if your new computer or mobile device won’t run your existing software licenses. You’ll have to eat major costs if you’ve purchased licenses in bulk. While comparing specs, see if you acquire hardware that overshoots the minimum requirements of your software. Not only will you get better overall performance, hardware might be able to handle future software releases with higher spec demands.
Check Configuration Options
Before you purchase new hardware, check with the manufacturer to see what your upgrade flexibility is. For example, learn what the maximum RAM, hard drive, and video card capacities are. Is this hardware user-serviceable, meaning, can your company technicians (or third-party technicians) install upgrades themselves? Or will these upgrade installations void your warranty? If the parts are not user-serviceable, then check on the upgrade service options from the manufacturer and their associated costs. You can save significant amounts of money by upgrading your computers’ RAM in two years, rather than replacing the entire machine.
Keep an Ear to Product Release News
Avoid poorly timed purchases by watching the news for upcoming tech release dates. Even rumors and speculation can help you hold off on purchases, if they aren’t an emergency. Many IT professionals use Kryder’s law and Moore’s law as a loose rules of thumb for updating storage technology – the cost of hard drives tends to drop by half every 18 months, while SSD and processor speeds tend to double in that time frame
Timing, spec compatibility, and future configuration options are some of the many factors that will influence the performance of your technology in the future. Being aware of your company’s current software and hardware needs can help you predict where you’ll need to be in the next few years.