In 2015, a third of businesses were still using XP. That is staggering and suggests that many companies are the market right now could be three generations behind in tech upgrade. These companies are still functioning and, more importantly, they are thriving. In a world where we are constantly told to tech upgrade our tech, why then are these businesses stubbornly staying behind?
Could using older tech be more of an advantage for the modern company than most realise?
If It Ain’t Broke
The mindset of, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, is certain to be at work here. Tech companies might encourage business owners to upgrade, but that doesn’t mean that it provides the best advantage. Particularly when you consider that modern tech is notorious for breaking down. The latest systems might look great on paper. However, most tech enthusiasts will tell you with the latest equipment and software; you’ll be lucky to get by without an IT support team. This might not be necessary if you’re still running Windows XP. Besides, you’ll be lucky if you can find an IT support team that can even handle XP these days. On the other hand, if you do have XP in your office, there is good news. Statistically, Windows 97 is still the most reliable software. Even compared with the modern generations. Computer software isn’t improving for the business owner. Due to this, it makes sense for companies to stick with what they know works best.
Tech Can Be Useful
It’s easy to make the assumption that new tech is better. However, in some industries and sectors, old tech might be more valuable. Membrane switches are an example of this. A manufacturer is more likely to buy tech from a membrane switch company than Apple. Membrane switches are durable and work even in the most hostile environments. As such, they are perfect for an industry where tech failure could lead to fatal consequences.
No doubt, it can be more expensive to upgrade to modern tech. In fact, to get an entire business office running on Windows 10 with cloud compatibility could cost thousands. This may be a small amount for big companies. Smaller businesses, on the other hand, will certainly struggle with this cost. Not bothering with an expensive and arguably, unnecessary tech upgrade might be an easy way to save money.
Time And Training
Lastly, a company might have spent a lot of time and resources training employees to use the tech they have. One of the biggest arguments of upgrading is that it will make a business more efficient. If it takes a while for employees to get a hang of the new software, the opposite could be true. It could take months of training and even then it can feel like starting again from square one. As such it makes sense to avoid this issue and keep your feet firmly rooted in the past. It might make your business seem old fashioned, but at least it functions.