How much are slow PC’s costing your business?

shutterstock_822269892 If you are not aware of ‘Moore’s Law’, in 1965 Gordon Moore (co-founder of Intel) made the observation that; ‘The number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented’. Effectively what he was saying was that computers would get twice as fast every two years. Moore predicted that this would continue for the foreseeable future. While some might argue that the speed of progress has slowed, you must agree that technology is still accelerating at a startling rate.

In a Digital World where we no longer “go online” because we are “living online”, most businesses understand the need for efficient and reliable IT systems. While many will demonstrate a clear understanding of the need to use technology and the latest services, experience tells us that many fail to see the true cost to business operations that running old-slow PC’s and unreliable, poorly performing legacy systems can have.

Often this scenario transpires when the business owners or decision makers simply try to sweat an asset (normally a desktop PC) for too long. On the face of things the capital expenditure of a new workstation may seem high. If we take an average business, users who needs access to the standard suite of Microsoft applications, one or two Line-Of-Business applications, such as an accounts package, and the internet, a PC that will perform well for 3 years will cost between £700 and £900 by the time it has reached the user’s desk. Assume that the average employee works 220 days a year then the capital cost of that PC is less than £1.50 per day over a 3 year period.

In a world where efficiency has never been more important, what cost would we put on it taking an extra 5 or 10 minutes per user for a PC to boot up in the morning and possibly more importantly what is the true cost in terms of poor morale amongst the staff? The answer to the problem of slow logons is often, “they just go and make a cup of coffee, while it is logging on”, but that is just hiding from the truth. Would a hairdresser expect to use blunt scissors and still do a good job, or would the Fire Service would use a hand pump to put out a house fire?

Based on a slow PC creating 14 minutes per day of inefficiency, the cost to the average business is between 5 ½ and 6 days a year, per employee. Adding to this the cost of running slow performing servers, or servers that run a legacy Operating System such as Windows Server 2003, the problem can be magnified. Based on the most recent publishing’s from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) the total annual cost of a slow PC is £3,657. You can argue the numbers, or adapt them to your individual business, but whether you agree with the figure of £3,657 or not, it would seem an obvious investment to replace ageing computers on the network regularly. Many recommend PC’s are changed every 3 years. While 4 or 5 years is not an unrealistic life expectancy for an office PC, the importance of systematic maintenance and tuning to make sure they perform to their optimum increases with age.
shutterstock_261126755In some cases, degradation over time occurs and the users don’t always appreciate how much their PC has slowed down, while in other instances the user may have recently purchased a new home PC and will then have the slow performance of their office workhorse highlighted to them. While it is much harder to put a value on it, the feel good factor of giving your employees a new PC should never be underestimated!

Zenzero Solutions have extensive knowledge and experience of planning and delivering Desktop and Laptop rollouts. Depending on the complexity of your desktop image and volume of applications, Zenzero will select the most efficient deployment technology to keep the process efficient, the quality high and the cost down. For a no obligation assessment, please contact a member of the Zenzero team on 0333 3209 900.