Upgrading IT hardware – a safety checklist

IT upgrades are almost inevitable due to the fast-paced tech industry and the reliance on digital solutions in the modern world. Businesses all over the world have to upgrade to newer hardware or software every couple of years to meet their growing digital demands. However, many business owners struggle to make the right decisions when it comes to tech upgrades. Here is what you need to know when attempting to boost your digital performance and reach.

The right time to upgrade

Although the tech world is continually changing, the decision to switch to new equipment should be driven by demand. Not every tech milestone should warrant an overhaul of your entire IT infrastructure. However, if you are looking to boost productivity in an area that is dependent on the IT resources available, then it is time to upgrade. Perhaps the computers are too underpowered to run the newest enterprise software, or the network is too slow for quick and reliable communication.

You should also think about the cost of upgrading. An IT upgrade is an expensive undertaking, and you should have the right figures to justify the investment. Ensure that the upgrades offer a good return on investment by marking the most relevant, necessary and beneficial areas to the business for upgrades.

Set your sights on the future with every upgrade. Invest in resources that reduce the need for future upgrades by anticipating and predicting your business’ growth. This may mean spending a bit more on excessively powerful hardware, but then, they should serve the business for longer than equipment satisfying only the immediate need.

What to do with the old tech

After the upgrade, the problem now becomes what to do with the decommissioned hardware. Most old tech hardware usually ends up as WEEE, and the global E-waste pile is growing at an alarming rate. IT disposal has become a significant waste management problem, which is why many businesses opt for IT recycling, remarketing and other environmentally friendly and economical disposal methods.

Before deciding on the disposal approach, it is prudent to ensure that the hardware is safe for the bin or reuse by running a thorough data wipe on all memory–enabled devices like computers and laptops. Companies cannot risk any data breaches or unnecessary leaks in keeping with the new GDPR regulations.

Select a reputable computer remarketing or recycling service to take the old hardware off your hands. You might find that your disposable equipment is still useful and worth a lot more to others than you think.

The comprehensive service from AssetCare ticks every box. We offer hard disk wipes, recyclng and remarketing services including safe physical destruction at no expense to the environment. Get in touch with us and find out more about IT disposal and data destruction.