At countless companies around the world, IT leaders have made it a priority to focus on workplace modernization. But in many cases, they overlook a crucial aspect of that – making sure people have the right operating systems on their devices. It’s not the most glamorous part of modernizing a workplace, but it’s essential.
At Zones, we have a number of customers who still use Windows 7, even though support for that OS came to an end in January. We also have many who have upgraded to Windows 10 but haven’t integrated the necessary hardware to use it optimally. For many corporate IT decision-makers, now’s the time to get all of their users up to speed, from both a hardware and a software perspective.
This can seem like a non-essential task, and sometimes it’s human nature just to let it slide. But it’s important to ask yourself the question – are outdated devices costing your business in a tangible way? Or, conversely: Could you glean real benefits from outfitting your people with new OSs and the hardware needed to run them?
Today, let’s take a look at three ways you can transform the workplace with refreshed devices.
- Newfound levels of productivity: When you give your employees new-look PCs that are loaded with Windows 10 and Intel’s 8th Gen Core vPro processors, they’ll be able to take their work to the next level. Basic tasks are about 1.3 times faster to complete, and multi-tasking becomes far easier. In addition, longer battery life will bring productivity and flexibility to every workday.
- Improvements in data security: Hackers often look at outdated operating systems and see vulnerable places to attack. Upgrading your OSs is a great way to proactively deal with this problem – it’s estimated that security events requiring IT support happen 33% less often with Windows 10 than with an older OS. Additionally, 75% of IT managers say Intel vPro-based devices are more secure than their counterparts.
- Lower cost of ownership: Everyone wants to cut costs, right? Well, consider this: Microsoft estimates that PCs that are outdated by four years or more tend to cost 1.5 times as much as younger PCs to maintain and repair. Additionally, moving to updated devices is incredibly easy today, as Windows 10 is compatible with approximately 99% of Windows 7 apps. This means your users can level up without having to worry about a slow or costly transition.
Modernizing your workplace is a great way to add value to your business. Incidentally, another great source of value is a fruitful IT partnership with Zones. At Zones, we have the expertise to help you make the most of your Microsoft investment, whether you’re focused on implementing Windows 10 or anything else. Whatever your needs may be, we have the vision and the resources to make sure they’re met.
We’ve got plenty more information on how your business can benefit from making the Windows 10 upgrade. Check out the Microsoft section of our site by following the link below.