Top Five Reasons to Replace Aging Business PCs

Managing the Changing IT Landscape: Business PC Refresh

by Chris Peters, member of the IT Center

Enterprise technology is moving fast. From innovative new mobile devices and cloud technologies to touch-based applications, it’s a great time to upgrade PCs in most any IT or business environment.

Here are the top five reasons why it’s smart to act now:

Five Ultrabook Capabilities for Business.jpg1)  Windows* XP operating system support is ending soon. Support for the Windows* XP operating system and Microsoft* Office 2003 is ending in April 2014. Without access to online maintenance and updates, systems are at greater risk of a security breach—and you’ll likely lose support from independent software vendors (ISVs). Check out full upgrade resources from Intel.

2) Security is a moving target. When employees are on the move, so is corporate data. Employees are increasingly relying on their own mobile devices, which may or may not have adequate security for today’s ever-expanding threat landscape. And with a range of devices accessing the network from a range of locations, security has become a moving target. Check out the latest Intel IT Center guide to securing the changing enterprise.

3) Older PCs are going to cost you. Maintenance and downtime brought on by aging PCs is no small thing. Over the next three years, each older laptop in your organization can cost over $1,700[1] in lost productivity and maintenance, such as patch management and help-desk support, not to mention IT headaches. And that’s per laptop.

4)  Employees are on the go. Employees everywhere are using their own mobile devices to work from a range of locations, whether it’s from home, client sites, airports, hotels—the list goes on. By providing employees with the right tool for the job, you can gain tighter control over the devices accessing your network—and give users the level of flexibility they want.

5) Take advantage of innovative new form factors. Today’s mobile form factors are built for business. Whether it’s a sleek Ultrabook™ device such as a 2 in 1 or a business-ready tablet, these devices offer lightweight yet durable designs, touch-ready capabilities, and performance that keeps up with users. Check out this video from Jim Henrys, principle enterprise strategist at Intel, on touch-enabled devices in business

Upgrading to the Ultrabook™ Device

When you adopt Ultrabook devices as part of your PC refresh effort, you can address all of these issues in sleek, lightweight designs your users want. A few months back, I blogged about how these devices are designed for business-class mobility.  

These are my top five reasons for upgrading … I invite you to add your own reasons in the comments below, or tweet me @chris_p_intel or @IntelITS with #PCrefresh.  

How many reasons can we get? To get your ideas flowing, check out the eight reasons why Microsoft is throwing the Windows XP operating system a retirement party.

#PCRefresh #Ultrabook

[1] Source: Using Total Cost of Ownership to Determine Optimal PC Refresh Cycles. Intel white paper (January 2010).