What with technology evolving at such a rapid pace these days, real estate businesses are hard pressed to ensure that their hardware isn't falling behind the groove.
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The routine upgrade and replacement of old computer systems is a necessary evil for real estate businesses of all shapes and sizes if they're not to be left behind.
“If they try to muddle through with a cranky jalopy when everyone else moved up to the latest sports car, they may find themselves out of the race for consumer dollars,” noted a recent article on RISMedia.
The article warns of the serious consequences of using out of data computer systems. Older systems carry significant security risks, while employees can suffer from low morale and productivity if forced to use slow or virus-riddled computers.
But that raises the question – when it is time to ditch your old systems and replace them with new hardware? Could you simply get by with an overhaul of your existing systems? In such cases, an IT assessment is often the only way to know for sure.
“That would tell you how well your technology infrastructure matches up with the goals and needs of your business,” said Nicole McMackin, president of Irvine Technology Corp.,a company that offers information technology solutions and staffing. “A good assessment will tell you if you are spending too much or too little, and can point out ways that you can gain the most leverage from technology.”
However, McMackin also urged caution, saying that businesses don't need to buy just because it's the latest and best hardware. They need to make sensible purchase decisions based on what's needed to help them achieve their business goals.