Server & Workstation Replacement
Nobody likes to have to spend capital doing server & workstation replacement, I am reasonably sure we can all agree on that. Moore’s Law helps us to see why replacing equipment is so important and in many cases can save us dollars in the long run.
Mr. Moore was a co-founder of Intel and in 1965 he noticed something and they named his findings “Moore’s law”, after him. He said “the number of circuits that can be placed on a chip doubles every 18-24 months”. When the number of circuits doubles the speed that the chip runs also doubles and the power that the chip consumes typically declines. This theory has held true since 1965 and so the processing power of a new computer is exponentially greater than your 5 year old machine. In addition software developers are writing code for the future. They are writing software that will run on chips that are going to be produced 2-3 years from now, not the equipment that exists today. All of this means that the equipment your using that is 3 years old is 5-7 years behind the curve. It is a proven fact that newer equipment requires less service. Most fortune 500 companies replace computers every 3 years and they do this because they know it costs them less than it does to troubleshoot and service older machines. It is also true that newer equipment makes your employees happier and more productive. This is a great reason to put in place a budget that allows for replacing 25% of your equipment on an annual basis.
We have helped many companies reduce their workstation replacement cycle by deploying technologies that negate the need for traditional desktop computers or make the function of the desktop computer so minor that even an older machine will suffice for a typical user.
TCS prefers to do server and workstation replacements for a flat fee rather than charging by the hour. We have found over the years that flat feeing forces us to create a better scope of work and a tighter project plan that ultimately means a win for our clients by minimizing downtime for their users and minimizing surprises for accounting because the project ran over budget. If the project does run long and if there have not been changes in the scope then TCS absorbs the overages not our clients. This is not a requirement but it is a preference for us.
We are convinced that computers that are more than 4 years old should be placed on a Do Not Repair list and when there is a problem they should be replaced. There is usually regret after spending hours correcting an issue on a 4 years old machine and then realizing that it would have been less expensive to replace the unit than what you just spent to repair it.