Our friends at Hewlett Packard have a vested interest in providing new PC, laptops and other mobile devices to the industry. Given that, this is a good discussion of when it's time for a business or organization to consider whether to continue with desktop PCs or consider other devices.
Desktops have supported your business and workforce for years. But with new developments (wireless docking) and new form factors (Ultrabooks, detachables, tablets), desktops are now just one of a number of viable options for businesses looking to replace their aging fleet and/or upgrade their existing capabilities.
So the question is: desktops or mobile devices? Here are four questions to help you make the right decision for your needs.
1. Do you need to upgrade your PCs soon?
While it's nice to think ahead, you probably don't want to replace your desktops while they're still performing well and meeting your needs. As a general guide, large enterprises refresh their PCs once every three years on average,1 while small businesses hold on to their PCs for five to seven years on average.2
Answer yes if:
- Your desktops are taking longer and longer to start up or complete complex tasks
- You're holding off on upgrading an important piece of software because you're concerned your desktops can't handle it
- You're spending more than you'd like on annual PC maintenance
Answer no if:
- Your desktops are performing as expected
- Employees have the tools and performance they need to function without unnecessary delays