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Sometimes it helps to take a step back and view something from a different perspective.
So today I thought I’d share 3 different views on Life Cycle Replacement Plans.
Hopefully, this will help to add some color and depth to your understanding and views on the importance of implementing a Life Cycle Replacement Plan for your business.
THE VENDORS VIEW
As part of life cycle management, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) declare hardware as end-of-life (EOL) status after a given period of time.
For example, DELL declares their servers EOL after 7-years.
The reason is that as OEMs release new products, it becomes increasingly more expensive to support their older products.
No manufacturer wants to stock parts for a 7-year old server in all of their parts depots around the globe.
So instead, they begin to focus on maintenance and support for their newest hardware assets.
To help clients make the transition.
Manufacturers typically publish 2 dates.
End-of-life and End-of-support.
End-of-life is when they will stop making the product.
And End-of-support is the last day they’ll honor your support contract.
Once these dates pass.
You’re left with eBay and some guy named Bob as your way of getting something fixed.
THE SECURITY VIEW
Some businesses want to keep hardware and software as long as possible.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it—right?
At first, you might consider continuing to use hardware assets beyond their life cycle to save money; however, this can create multiple problems.
Data security will be compromised.
Devices and apps are vulnerable to hackers.
When a product is actively being maintained by a manufacturer, they release patches and updates.
These patches and updates help to keep your system secure.
As that device or app life cycles out the manufacturer no longer provides security patches and updates.
Know you know.
This is the same reason why you don’t want to be running an old version of Adobe Acrobat just because you don’t want to pay for the newest version.
It’s not safe.
THE PRODUCTIVITY VIEW
Last and certainly not least is productivity.
Work done on the older hardware assets will be less productive.
It’s a fact.
Computers get slower with age.
As new software is introduced computers slow down.
As the hardware gets older.
It slows down.
The staff slows down.
Productivity goes down.
A lot of business owners don’t see it.
They think that if the computer is “on” it’s working.
And that’s enough for them to move on to something else.
But productivity loss has a way of sneaking up on people.
And most business owners don’t know when productivity is down due to slow computers.
At least not until someone starts complaining.
And then they have to make it through the cycle of denial before considering even addressing the issue.
MAKE A PLAN
It all starts with keeping score.
Making a plan.
There are all sorts of Life Cycle tracking apps available.
Your tech company should be able to help you with this.
Heck, your tech company should be keeping track of replacement dates and working with you to keep things on track.
It’s not as bad as it sounds.
Sure, you’ll have to spend money.
But the benefits of reliability, security, and productivity make a Life Cycle Replacement Plan worth doing.
They really do.