Is Your PC Hardware Hurting Your Bottom Line?

Small business owners have to watch their budgets closely. When it comes to your business' bottom line, however, trying to squeeze every bit of life out of equipment isn't always a smart move. While using old computers until they wear out may seem like a wise way to save, it could cost you money, productivity, and customers in the long run.1

Current technology trends for small businesses call for powerful PCs, which make regular updates of your computer hardware a must. Here's how five of the top technology trends predicted for 2019 could affect your company's approach to computer hardware.

Trend 1: Cloud Computing

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are already using cloud computing, according to a Gartner survey, while 33% are either planning on implementing the technology or evaluating how it could best be used.2

Ease and efficiency are common benefits of cloud computing for small companies, but they aren't the only ones. By helping to reduce the costs associated with the technology needed to store and maintain your own data, such as servers and backup devices, cloud computing can help you maximize your technology budget for upgrading your PCs.

Trend 2: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Small businesses are starting to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate repetitive, labor-intensive tasks. From chatbots that answer customer service questions to marketing automation software that holds email “conversations” with clients, AI-powered apps may be used to help small businesses improve the customer experience, automate their processes, and analyze vast amounts of data for better and faster decision-making.

Making the most of these advanced business applications requires high-performance PCs, especially if your employees frequently run multiple applications at once. Older PCs can slow app performance and make your small business employees as much as 29% less productive.3 In fact, each outdated PC your business uses can cost you as up to $17,000 per year in lost productivity.4

Trend 3: Mobility

Do you or your employees ever work outside the office? Thanks to increasingly sophisticated mobile devices and cloud computing, it's now possible for your team to use business applications, access computer files, and collaborate with each other no matter where they are.

Whether your mobile employees work from home, on the road, or at customer job sites, older mobile devices with shorter battery life can really slow them down. If you update to more powerful PCs that offer more power for today's mobile user, your mobile employees will be ready to work more efficiently.

Trend 4: Cyber Security

In a 2018 survey by global insurance company Hiscox, 44% of small businesses reported suffering at least one cyberattack in the past 12 months; 52% of those businesses had been attacked more than once.5 Small businesses in the study estimated that the average cost of cyber incidents in the past 12 months was $34,604. Protecting your company computers, your business data, and your customers' data should be a top priority for 2019.

New PCs that combine Intel® technology with Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows* 10, have additional security features to help provide you some peace of mind. Their built-in security features offer enhanced protection so that you can keep your focus on growing your business.

Trend 5: The End of Support for Windows* 7

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows* 7.6 If you and your employees have not yet updated to Windows* 10, it’s a good idea to update to do so as soon as possible.

But running Windows* 10 on an older PC may not give you all of the productivity benefits and security features you can get on a newer device. So, if you decide to upgrade to a new PC, look for the speed and security of the latest Intel® Core™ processor.

Is It Time for an Upgrade?

Keeping pace with 2019's top technology trends may require buying new software or upgrading the apps you currently use. To maximize ROI from your software investment, it's a good idea to make sure your computer hardware exceeds the software vendor's recommended system requirements, which typically reflect the bare minimum needed to run the software. Consider choosing hardware that's at least 50% more powerful than the system requirements to keep your new software running efficiently well into the future.

Whether or not you're planning major software upgrades, watch for these warning signs that your business may need a hardware upgrade soon:

  • Frequent computer crashes or slow performance
  • System no longer supported by the manufacturer
  • Inactive warranty
  • Difficulty finding replacement parts

Add up the costs of repairing and maintaining your existing PCs, and you may be surprised at just how much they're costing you.

Today's technology trends are helping to raise the bar for small business computing. Most customers are starting to expect real-time responsiveness, reliable security, and lightning speed. Investing in new PCs that have more powerful capabilities can help your business deliver these objectives and more.

Informasi Produk dan Performa

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Skenario pengurangan biaya sebagaimana dijelaskan dimaksudkan sebagai contoh bagaimana produk berbasis Intel® tertentu, dalam kondisi dan konfigurasi yang ditentukan, dapat memengaruhi biaya di kemudian hari dan memberikan penghematan biaya. Kondisi dapat bervariasi. Intel tidak menjamin biaya atau pengurangan biaya apa pun.

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Gartner melakukan survei ini pada bulan April dan Mei 2017 terhadap 699 UKM yang berbasis di AS, dengan lebih dari 10 karyawan dan pendapatan tahunan kurang dari US$100 juta. Survei ini tidak menyertakan organisasi nirlaba. Responden yang memenuhi syarat adalah pengambil keputusan atau orang yang memiliki pengaruh penting terhadap keputusan terkait dengan pembelian teknologi bagi organisasi mereka. Sumber: Gartner’s Top Technology Trends for SMBs Survey, dikutip oleh Capterra.

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“Produktivitas karyawan berkurang hingga 29% jika menggunakan PC yang berusia 5 tahun" adalah hasil survei berbasis web pada tahun 2018, ditugaskan oleh Intel dan dilakukan oleh J. Gold Associates, LLC., terhadap 3.297 responden dari kalangan usaha kecil di 16 negara (Australia, Kanada, Tiongkok, Prancis, Jerman, India, Italia, Jepang, Meksiko, Arab Saudi, Afrika Selatan, Spanyol, Turki, UEA, Inggris, AS), untuk menilai tantangan dan biaya yang terkait dengan penggunaan PC lama. Statistik ini berdasarkan pada perkiraan responden atas penurunan produktivitas yang disebabkan oleh penggunaan PC berusia 5 tahun dikalikan dengan perkiraan jumlah rata-rata waktu yang dihabiskan responden pada PC. Untuk meninjau statistik ini dan laporan lengkapnya, kunjungi di sini.

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"Setiap komputer berusia 5 tahun dapat menghabiskan biaya hingga US$17.000 per tahun" adalah hasil survei berbasis web pada tahun 2018, ditugaskan oleh Intel dan dilakukan oleh J. Gold Associates, LLC., terhadap 3.297 responden usaha kecil dari 16 negara (Australia, Kanada, Tiongkok, Prancis, Jerman, India, Italia, Jepang, Meksiko, Arab Saudi, Afrika Selatan, Spanyol, Turki, UEA, Inggris, AS), untuk menilai tantangan dan biaya yang terkait dengan penggunaan PC usang. Responden survei memperkirakan bahwa dengan PC berumur lebih dari 5 tahun, produktivitas karyawan akan berkurang hingga 29% – berdasarkan pada asumsi gaji rata-rata karyawan sebesar US$60.000, kerugian atas hilangnya produktivitas akan senilai US$17.000. Untuk melihat statistik ini dan laporan lengkapnya, kunjungi di sini.

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The 2018 Hiscox Small Business Cyber Risk Report™ berfokus pada respons hasil survei usaha kecil AS sebagai bagian dari Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2018™, yang dirilis pada tanggal 7 Februari 2018. Hiscox meminta Forester Consulting untuk menilai kesiapan cyber organisasi. Mereka menghubungi para profesional yang bertanggung jawab atas strategi keamanan cyber organisasi mereka dengan jumlah total 4.103 orang (1.000 orang lebih dari Inggris, AS, dan Jerman, serta 500 orang dari Spanyol dan Belanda). Ini adalah pria dan wanita yang ditarik dari sampel perwakilan organisasi berdasarkan ukuran dan sektor, untuk menjadi baris pertahanan terdepan dalam melawan kejahatan cyber. Meski upaya keamanan cyber organisasi berbeda-beda, terdapat lebih dari 30% organisasi yang akhirnya dapat memutuskan respons terbaik bagi bisnis mereka. Responden menyelesaikan survei online antara tanggal 12 Oktober 2017 dan 10 November 2017. Sumber: 2018 Hiscox Small Business Cyber Risk Report.