Four signs that it’s time to replace your hardware
Many veterinarians believe that hardware lasts 5 to 7 years, but in a busy practice with constant use, coupled with excessive pet hair and dander, your hardware will likely last only 3 to 5 years.
Older computers are unlikely to support newer operating systems, which can slow your computer’s performance over time and drastically affect your staff’s daily workflow. This can cause delays in the waiting room, a poor customer experience, and even customer attrition. In fact, a study by Techaisle estimated that a business with five computers could save $1500 in the first year by replacing the two oldest machines, due to reduced downtime and lower maintenance costs.
According to Gartner Research, most healthcare providers spend between 3% and 5% of revenue on IT infrastructure each year to keep practices running smoothly. We recommend implementing a rolling replacement plan, replacing one or two of your oldest computers each year. This will help you avoid unexpected crashes and will keep you in control of your finances.
Planning ahead is best, but if your computers are showing these signs, it’s important to replace them right away, before it’s too late.
- You can’t install the latest operating system. With each new OS update, there will likely be an increase in the minimum hardware specifications required to run it (and generally, you need well above the minimum specifications to run it well). Sooner or later, your computer will no longer be up to the task.
- It’s running progressively slower. For example, it takes several minutes to boot up, it slows to a halt when you have more than a few browser tabs open, and you can type a full sentence before a single word appears on screen.
- You’re running out of space. If your hard driveis being squeezed for space, your system monitor will show that the RAM is all in use when you’ve got a few apps open, and your CPU usage will routinely hit 80% or more. Those are signs that you’re reaching the limits of what your hardware is capable of doing.
- It’s becoming noisy. Over time, a PC becomes louder than it was at the start. In most cases, it may be because the CPU is working harder than it used to, or maybe there are problems with components overheating, or maybe the fan itself is about to break.
If you’re unsure of your hardware’s performance, contact us at 855-478-7920. We are happy to provide you with a complementary hardware analysis to help you better understand any underlying issues that may be affecting your computers.