Small business technology solutions need upgrading very soon
As a general note to all small businesses that may not know, Windows XP will no longer have any software updates, patches, security updates, or anything added into it as of April 8th, 2014.
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I’ve noticed a lot of small businesses lately are still running Windows XP on their laptops, Point of Sales systems and desktops. This is something that really needs updating immediately. I know XP has been easy for you to use and has been a great tool. For some long term businesses, it might have been hard to switch from other legacy systems into XP but now you have to update again.
Please do not get caught with an insecure Operating System and potentially damage your business with software corruption, stolen passwords and fraud. It can and will happen. I have eight years of experience in the IT field and know that you will run into severe trouble if you you do not update soon.
So what to upgrade to? Windows 7 or 8? Should we switch to Macs? Are Google Chromebooks legitimate? Do we need to upgrade the rest of our office or POS machines? What small business technology solution will actually solve my problems?
For businesses that are older and have been around for 10+ years, you might be in the hardest spot. I’m sure you considered your computers depreciated on your taxes, but might not have planned for an overall technology upgrade into your yearly budget.
For new businesses, you might already have brand new technology. Or you are trying to make your business work from the laptop you received as a high school graduation gift. Your laptop might have gotten beat up in college but if it ain’t broke, why fix it right?
Or you are brand new business and you have everything brand new and I’m speaking to the choir and you are wondering why people have anything from the early 00’s. On this I would note that higher end laptops from 2006-2008 actually benchmark as better machines than the majority of tablets and “battery efficient” laptops that are on the market at time of writing.
So what business technology solution will fix everything and save you time? Sadly, I’m a realist when it comes to technology and don’t think much of anything will fix your overall technology woes.
What does save you time and money is: GOOD PLANNING
I can not stress this enough. It absolutely will save you time and money.
To develop a plan, ask yourself the following questions:
- What software do I need to make my business work?
- What peripherals (printers, whatcom tablets, etc.) do I need for my business?
- Is this a cheap short term fix and I will budget more money for my next upgrade 4-years from now? Or is this my current 4-year upgrade and can spend a little bit more money now?
- What software or hardware would make my business more efficient? How much does it cost?
- Can I afford the time to implement all of this and get it done the right way?
- Does the above fit my budget? If not revisit question #3.
If you use the above to figure out a digital strategy, you can move forward and be confident in your purchases. If you feel you need more, absolutely check to see if you can get a consultant. See how much free advice your able to get from them. They are specialized in building plans for small businesses and can help.
I would even love to talk to you about your computer upgrades and plans for moving forward and will do most of it for free to. I’ve done consulting for families, small businesses and Washington State University and would to walk you through whatever you would need. I am confident that with a solid plan we can find as close to perfect as possible for your small business technology solutions.
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