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The Future of Desktop PCs

The Future of Desktop PCs

4/2/2014

Every technology has a useful life cycle: starting with cutting edge, then onto maturity, and finally — decline. PCs are no exception, and it is clear that they have moved into decline. 

Specifically, annual worldwide PC shipments fell by a whopping 10% in 2013i, which Gartner called “the worst decline in PC market history.”ii Meanwhile, the use of tablets is exploding — this market is expected to grow by 47% in 2014iii — as businesses are increasingly turning toward lighter, thinner devices that better support employee mobility. 

In an environment where new technologies become obsolete within two yearsiv, it begs the question: are PCs an asset that you want to own outright for the long term? Or would a short-term lease make more sense than long-term investment in a technology that will not survive?

Cyber criminals prey on known flaws in outdated technology to gain access to your critical data

Malicious security breaches affect individuals and organizations of all sizes, leading to hefty financial losses, unproductive downtime, and frustrated employees and clients.  When it comes to cyber security, the best defense is a good offense – which must include up-to-date hardware and software.

“Cyber risk is a moving threat agent,” said Manohar Ganshani, Partner and Global Practice Head of Governance Risk & Compliance for Wipro Consulting in the publication Cyber Warfare, Governance and the Art of War (2014).  “As cyber risks increase, there is no doubt hat your technology must be kept up to date.” 

Most organizations acquire I.T. equipment with the intention of replacing it in three or four years.  Unfortunately, I.T. replacement plans are often stifled by budgetary constraints, resulting in clients retaining equipment for far longer than they originally intended.  The risk associated with holding on to equipment – even for just an extra year or two – is that it becomes more susceptible to cyber security threats.

A recent survey[1] conducted by Wirpo Consulting found technology that is four or more years old was 53% more susceptible to suffering a data breach.  To ensure that the most up-to-date software and security is being used, technology equipment should be replaced on a disciplined three-year cycle.

A Plan for Affordable Security

Why a three-year cycle?  Shortening I.T. equipment refresh cycles means that up-to-date cyber attack prevention measures are in place. 

When you think about budgeting for this cycle, leasing can be helpful because you can think of your I.T. payments like you think of a utility payment: a consistent, low monthly payment – rather than an infrequent, huge budget spike.

Beyond that, leasing provides 100% financing, including software and services. 

[1] Wipo Consulting (2009).  “Wipro Consulting Service Survey”

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