Technology moves at a rapid pace, and software that was cutting-edge yesterday can easily feel obsolete tomorrow. But in the business world, technology turnover can be slow. Even when companies change and new software is developed, there is a tendency among many industries to hold on to old programs out of a sense of familiarity.
Of course, the longer this goes on, the harder upgrading becomes. It can be difficult to get past the mindset of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" – especially when budgets are tight and other priorities keep getting in the way. But, as it happens, software that is perfectly functional may still be holding your company back and costing you more than you know. Sometimes the things that aren't broken need the most attention.
"Software that is perfectly functional may still be holding your company back."
As pointed out by a recent article on CIO, a reliance on old software often requires businesses to hold on to old computer hardware past its useful lifespan. This can lead to performance issues, as well as higher maintenance costs. Data backup becomes a more pressing issue as well, since older hardware is more failure prone than new devices might be.
It is also more difficult to train new employees on old software. User interface and experience design has come a long way over the years, and older programs may pose a challenge to those who have been weaned on the latest software – especially younger workers.
Instead of maintaining old PC-based software, move on to more nimble web-based applications. These are easy to maintain and update, and come equipped with the latest security measures to protect your business.
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