Computers older than 4 yrs in your office? You may be spending a lakh per device annually

New Delhi: Running a small or a medium business (SMB) comes with its challenges. One of the major concern for such enterprises is the maintenance of working devices – which mainly consist of PC and laptops. A huge chunk of capital goes into it and still most of the organisation face data breaches and other technical issues like decline in productivity.

Moreover, a recent survey has revealed that the cost of upkeeping a PC older than four years can be used to purchase at least three new Modern PCs.

The survey by Techaisle – which was conducted across countries like India, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea – has established a direct cost implication for SMBs from loss in productivity and security risks resulting from outdated devices.

India is home to more than 51 million micro, small & medium enterprises, which have a workforce of over 114 million and contribute over 30% to India’s GDP. The report highlighted that despite the cost implications and security risks, 49% of larger SMBs and 31% of small SMBs are still on older PCs. It also stressed that the SMBs, who have already embraced a modern workplace strategy, have experienced better productivity, reduced costs, and enhanced security.

PCs are the productive engines for most SMBs in India, where organizations rely heavily on their devices for their day-to-day tasks. However, 3 in 10 SMBs in India surveyed have PCs that are older than four years, which significantly increases maintenance costs. Microsoft is invested in extending a secured and productive computing experience to SMBs across sizes and geographies of India, enabling them with a modern workplace,” said Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Country General Manager for Consumer & Devices Sales at Microsoft India.

She credited the new operation system Windows 10 from Microsoft as the game changer for its capacity to ensure best ever mobility and support to business applications.

In India, more than 61% of PCs used in SMBs are still on older versions of Windows today, according to the study. Upgrading to a Windows 10 modern device will offer experiences that are more familiar, safe, secure, and productive.

Findings of the survey

  • 66% of SMBs saw improved efficiency by adopting newer PCs that enabled them with new experiences powered by cloud and mobility solutions
  • 63% of SMBs felt that they were able to better secure and protect their data on newer PCs
  • 58% of SMBs found that adopting newer PCs reduced overall maintenance costs
  • 41% of SMBs agreed that newer PCs made their employees more productive
  • 43% of SMBs experienced PC security and data theft breaches in the last year alone, with only 12% of them actually reporting these attacks.