Meeting the challenge of ever-changing technology
COMPUTING| Oct. 1, 2012, 8:38 a.m.
By Francois van Wijk, HP PSG Business Unit Manager – Drive Control Corporation
Technology is one of the fastest growing and dynamic sectors in the market today. Cutting edge developments and products with the latest specifications become outdated in as few as three to six months, and as technology evolves, so both home and business users demand the latest and greatest.
This creates an endless cycle of supply and demand, with vendors striving to deliver ever more advanced products. This cycle presents something of a challenge for the end user, be that business or consumer.
Investing in new technology is vital for keeping pace in today’s world, but if this investment is not done with thorough planning, it can quickly become out-dated as new features and enhancements are developed. However, keeping up with technology does not necessarily mean conducting a forklift upgrade every six months – there are ways to stretch investments and optimise the lifecycle of products to get the right balance of investment and return.
In the past, one could wait for a year or even two for a significant technology upgrade to be announced, and even then it was still feasible to stretch the lifecycle of a product such as a PC or laptop even further. Financially, this made sense as technology was expensive and updated products were not necessarily budgeted for or even necessary.
Today however, upgrades and updates to PC’s, notebooks, tablets, workstations and even storage are announced at least once a year, if not more frequently, which, due to the divergent fields of our industry, means that it is virtually impossible to remain up to date with technology.
While there is also the issue of planned obsolescence, where products are designed to be obsolete within a matter of years, the fact is that user needs and requirements are also evolving at a rapid pace.
Alongside technology changes and upgrades, users increasingly have to work faster and smarter, so naturally they want better, faster products. In the business environment, this attitude is financial folly, but remaining competitive is vital. To this end, businesses require a product that suits their needs, and that will continue to do so for a minimum lifecycle of two to three years, to make their technology investment cost-effective.
Future-proofing investments to ensure technology and spend are in balance, requires foresight, an understanding of what your business needs are, what you hope to achieve and what might be expected from technology over the next two to three years. It is important to do some research before purchasing the first or cheapest deal on offer. A slightly larger initial capital outlay may be necessary to ensure your chosen product will still be up to the job at hand for as long as possible. Buying on price rather than on specs may mean that business users end up with a consumer-oriented product that will be out of date in a few months
Ultimately a more expensive device could save money as a product designed specifically for enterprise use would not become obsolete as quickly. The fastest changing technology will always impact the consumer market as this is where the demand for the latest, most up-to-date products originates. Home users and gamers are always looking for newer; better, faster, smaller devices, whilst enterprise ranges are more focussed on extending the lifecycle of their devices with better build quality.
The constant and rapid evolution of technology is a trend which is only set to continue, but ever-changing technology, upgrades and advances need not be the downfall of business users. The best way to optimise a technology investment is to ensure that it meets the needs of users not only for today, but for at least a year into the future. This may require a higher initial capital outlay, but in the end the ability to stretch the investment will justify this additional upfront cost. Do your research, buy the best product you can afford and get the correct specs to meet business needs, and you will be able to keep pace with evolving technology without breaking the bank.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
WiniGroup, Ivetec train 500 Babcock lecturers on TCCDRThe 500 lecturers of Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, have undergone a comprehensive training on technology usage on the platform of Total Classroom & Campus Digital Revolution (TCCDR) Project embarked upon by the university, which will see all their lecture rooms wirelessly connected. Read More
MainOne supports call for in-country data hostingThe management of MainOne’s Tier III Data Center, MDX-i is lending its voice to the call by the Office for Nigerian Content in Information and Communication Technology for Nigerian companies to host their data in-country, to avoid further foreign exchange losses. Read More
The importance of big data for Africa in 2016Understanding big data, as a concept and an offering, will have a massive impact on the African continent, says PBT Group. Read More
Ericsson Data Analytics solution captures rise of the Internet of ThingsEricsson has launched the User & IoT Data Analytics solution that will help operators improve internal efficiency in managing data from subscribers and Internet of Things (IoT) devices while exploring new cross-vertical IoT applications. Read More
More network decomposition expected in 2016Jason Dover, Director of Product Line Management at KEMP Technologies, looks at the changing network and more technology trends to look out for in 2016. Read More
Automotive Display Systems to grow to $18.6bn by 2021Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 11 percent to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021, says IHS. Read More
Rack Centre honoured with Data Centre Impact AwardRack Centre, Nigeria’s Premium Data Centre provider, has won the 2015 Data Centre Dynamics Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region in the Data Centre Impact Category. Read More
ITU members agree international standard for Big DataITU members have approved the first ITU standard on Big Data. The international standard details the requirements, capabilities and use cases of cloud-based Big Data as well a high-level ‘system context’ view and its relationships with other entities. Read More
Ovum: move to digital services biggest telco IT trend to watch in 2016Personalising the customer experience, improving operational efficiency and moving to new delivery models are some the top IT trends to expect from telcos in 2016, according to global analyst firm Ovum. Read More
FEATURED STORYViber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats
Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner
Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation.