business computing, Software, Software Update 5 Signs it’s Time for a Software Update

When you’ve worked yourself into a routine of any sort, you become comfortable and content. That makes it hard to see when it’s time for a change. To help yourself out of the mundane and into something better, we’ll help you figure out if your business needs a software update.

You Might Need a Software Update if…

1. It’s Slow

Software is built with limitations in mind. When you reach those limitations, whether your system stores too much data or your network has too many users, it starts to slow down.

Slow speed is a telltale sign that it’s time for a software update. Not only is it frustrating to work with, but it’s actually dangerous. If you’ve surpassed the maximum data storage on your computer, it may begin to erase important files in order to make room for new ones. Of course, it may be possible to recover the deleted files, but that’s a risk you’d rather not take.

2. You’ve Outgrown it

As your business grows, its needs begin to change. Small companies may be able to complete a wide range of tasks with a simple pen and paper, but there comes a time when that’s no longer enough.

Sure, it costs money to implement new software, like Windows 10 Professional. However, for many companies, it’s a worthwhile investment. If you’re not sure which type of software is best for your business’ needs, a technology consultant can provide you with guidance.

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 3. It’s Reached the End of its Life

End-of-life software is an enormous issue in the cybersecurity community. It refers to software that is no longer supported (you may have received popups on your computer with similar language) by its manufacturer. In other words, the manufacturer no longer patches security loopholes for it.

Software that’s reached the end of its life should be upgraded immediately. It’s extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks, and in some industries that are heavily regulated, such as healthcare, it can lead to compliance violations and hefty fines.

4. Your Employees use their Own Devices

Although it doesn’t necessarily refer to software, bring your own device (BYOD) is a trend that has drastically improved productivity and client satisfaction in a wide range of industries. However, it has caused management teams to fall behind in terms of tracking the work done by their employees.

Employees who make phone calls outside of the office should have their desk phone number routed to their mobile phones for maximum track-ability. This helps you maintain visibility of your team while they’re outside the office.

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5. You’re Missing out on New Features that Everyone Else is Using

If you feel like your business is falling behind the curve when it comes to technology, you’re due for an update—especially if your competitors are leaving you in the dust.

Newer doesn’t always necessarily mean better (see the case of the exploding Samsung Note 7), but when it comes to software, it’s usually a safe bet.

Most software updates can do everything the previous version can, and more. Having new features at your disposal can improve productivity and morale around your office.

So if your company meets the criteria in this blog, then yes, it’s time for a software update. Remember you’re not alone in determining which software can best meet your business’ unique needs. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a consultant!

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