Published On: Fri, Sep 26th, 2014

Four Ways to Reduce Business Technology Costs

The amount your company spends on gadget can easily add up, with tech purchases ballooning into enormous expenditures. Businesses that rely heavily on their technology to get them through daily operations can be out of luck if they don’t properly maintain and repair issues when they arise. Hardware and software hiccups that go unaddressed can lead up to significant expenses down the road. Here are four ways to get the most out of your technology.

photo Roman Oleinik via wikimedia commons

photo Roman Oleinik via wikimedia commons

Upgrade Specs

When you develop a tech refresh strategy, it’s important to think about your company’s future needs. This way, you can get the most out of a computer or mobile device for the longest period possible. You don’t necessarily need to beef up your computer with the highest amount of RAM, but your computer should come with enough slots so that you can elect to upgrade it in the future. Keep an eye on future proofing your upcoming tech purchases.

Don’t Follow the Hype

Try to accurately assess your company’s true needs before your make extraneous purchases. It can be too easy for company’s to get caught up in new release hype, and leaders might convince themselves that they absolutely need a product. However, the budget that you save now can come in handy during other tech emergencies.

Use Your Warranty

Many companies woefully underutilize the manufacturer’s warranties on their computers. Pay attention to the business service and support options that you can select during the time of purchase. It’s possible that your IT department or purchasing manager has already added additional support or warranties to your gear. If so, leverage these warranties so that your organization doesn’t have to foot the bill for service and repairs. Keep details records of your inventory, original purchase receipts, software license keys, performed repairs, and serial numbers so that you’re ready for anything.

Conduct In-House Repairs

Some companies choose to employ in-house technicians who work in-house to make sure that computers, networks, and mobile devices work with little interruption. These professionals should have certain tools nearby to conduct repairs. For example, they can repair cables with some shrink tubing. You’ll also want to equip repair areas with antistatic mats and wristbands, to prevent damage during in-house repairs.

Daily maintenance and a solid tech refresh strategy can help your company get the most out of your technology. Be sure to leverage in house repairs and warranties, so that you don’t prematurely replace your technology and incur additional expenses.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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