Even when you get tech right, you can make a big mistake. If that sounds like a riddle, then let us explain: buying the right devices doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get good value from them. That’s because it isn’t just about choosing the right brand or equipment – you also have to keep up with general maintenance.
The good news is that the technology you use in your company probably doesn’t require a lot of attention. The bad news is that buying it and then ignoring it could lead to issues (like data loss or ruined tablets, for example) down the road. That’s why we advise our clients to pay attention to some of the little things over the life of a computer or device.
What sorts of things do you need to do to prolong the life of your devices? Here are just a few of the more obvious examples…
Firmware and Operating System Updates
You’re probably familiar with the apps you and your employees use to make your business run. What you might pay less attention to is the firmware that operates behind the scenes to keep your devices moving. This software changes over time and needs to be updated regularly. However, it’s easy to miss little tasks like these when you’re busy looking after other parts of your business.
Hard Drive Space, Memory Usage, and Battery Life Checks
When your devices have full hard drives or empty batteries, it can lead to bad things. The same can be said of running a computer or tablet at or near its memory capacity. That’s because these machines will typically switch themselves into energy-saving modes or slow down when they are at or near capacity. That hurts performance and can even cause them to be less reliable over the long run.
Regular Device Cleaning
It’s easy to underestimate just how much dust there is in the average home or office. Computers are especially prone to collecting that sort of dust in fans, but any kind of electronic device can benefit from regular cleaning. That’s because things like lint, or even the oils present in human skin, can cause them to wear down over time.
Warranty and Maintenance Checks
It’s always good to have your computers and devices running under warranty, if possible. But that won’t help you if you don’t have (and update) the relevant information. Likewise, manufacturers sometimes advise specific types of maintenance or updates. Ignore these and you may not get full warranty protection. You could even miss out on something important that could make your business assets last longer.
Need Help Keeping Your Business Tech in Order?
We understand that keeping your company’s technology running smoothly can be a big job. That’s particularly true when you add in tasks like workstation updates or backup and disaster recovery plans. However, you don’t have to do it all alone.
Contact the experts at Fantastic IT today so we can show you how easy and affordable it is to get the day-to-day help you need!