Is Outdated Tech Holding You Back?
Technology is constantly evolving, and it can be a challenge for businesses to keep up with the latest updates. However, failing to do so can have serious consequences. Outdated equipment can hinder productivity, increase the risk of security breaches, and cost you money.
One of the biggest risks of using outdated IT equipment is the increased vulnerability to cyber threats. Old computers and servers may not have the latest security updates, leaving them open to hackers and malware. According to a study by Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach in the US was $9.44 million in 2022. Upgrading to newer equipment with the latest security features can significantly reduce the risk of a breach.
In addition to security risks, outdated technology can hinder productivity. Old equipment may not have the processing power or memory necessary to run the latest software, leading to slow performance and frustrated employees. This can ultimately impact your bottom line by reducing efficiency and productivity.
Another important consideration is the proper disposal of old IT equipment. Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. Not only can improperly disposed equipment harm the environment, but it can also harm a business’s reputation by being associated with e-waste that ends up in landfills or developing countries.
Proper reuse and recycling are crucial, especially as we celebrate Earth Day this month. According to the EPA, recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 US homes in a year.
But disposing of old IT equipment isn’t just about being environmentally responsible; it can also be financially beneficial. By reselling or refurbishing equipment before it becomes too outdated, businesses can recoup some of the initial investment and reduce the cost of upgrading to new equipment.
To ensure that your business stays up-to-date with technology, start by assessing your current equipment and identifying areas for improvement. Consider the recommended refresh cycle for your industry, which can vary depending on factors such as security and regulatory compliance. Then, work with a certified IT asset disposition partner like SEAM to properly dispose of your old equipment and potentially recoup some value.
SEAM is the only certified vendor in the Dakotas, ensuring that your equipment is properly recycled or refurbished and all data is securely destroyed. By keeping up with the latest technology and disposing of old equipment responsibly, businesses can not only stay competitive but also contribute to a more sustainable future.
Contact SEAM today for a free quote on how we can help you stay ahead of your old tech!