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A report has found that half of all government spending on computers is dedicated to keeping old systems going. The BBC recently revealed that the government spends £2.3 billion patching up systems, some of which date back as far as 30 years. A Cabinet Office report, Organising for Digital Delivery, warns that the government could spend between £13bn and £22bn over the next five years on obsolete systems, and the sum will only continue to grow as time goes on.

Additionally, a report by the UK National Audit Office report said some government digital services “fail to meet even the minimum cyber-security standards, while others are not fit for purpose and rely on outdated infrastructure, making them vulnerable to cyber-attacks and breaches”.

The news of outdated systems and the associated security risks is concerning from both an efficiency and a security standpoint and may resonate with some businesses experiencing similar problems. The threat of a cyberattack is particularly worrying for organisations, but they happen all too often. The 2021 Cyber Security Breaches Survey found that four in ten businesses reported having cyber security breaches or attacks between March 2020 and March 2021.

Companies need to heed the government’s warning and take sufficient action to ensure their own systems are fit for purpose. The pandemic only accelerated digitisation, and more of the work employees do across all sectors is digital in its nature. The rapid increase in data processing means a growing demand for increasingly powerful devices, and some businesses are struggling to keep up.

How can businesses provide employees with powerful devices in a cost-effective manner?

Upgrade systems rather than replacing them entirely.

Businesses must do all they can to ensure employees are working with functional devices, especially as remote working remains widespread across the UK. The best way to provide employees with powerful, up-to-date devices without spending vast sums of money is to upgrade devices rather than replacing them. It is also more sustainable as you’re using fewer materials; it’s a win-win!

Don’t have the expertise to upgrade devices in-house? We can help.

Older devices regularly run into a range of issues such as insufficient memory and storage, damaged ports, broken keyboards, cracked screens, and more. But many devices are salvageable with a few chosen upgrades. 

We offer a range of upgrade and repair services such as SSD and HDD upgrades, storage upgrades, as well keyboard and laptop screen replacements. We have a purpose-built upgrade facility where our technicians work with your system using compatible products to make them more powerful and efficient.

If upgrades are on the cards, why not browse our storage, security, memory, networking solutions, as well as the wide range of accessories we offer? Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about our Upgrade and Configuration Services, contact us today, and we’ll discuss your requirements in more detail.