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Yes, upgrading your technology will cost a bundle of money and cause disruptions at work.- but if you don't do it your business could suffer major consequences. Before you fall way behind, take a look at the following tips and think about what needs to be changed - before it's too late.
1. Lost or forgotten passwords
When equipment reaches a certain age, you never know if a factory reset will bring it back to life. So, you should take it very seriously when passwords for security equipment have been forgotten, but you daren't reset to factory defaults because you fear the hardware will no longer function. Of course, the lesson here is never to forget security information. But that issue aside, when passwords are lost, it could be a sign that it's time to start replacing your ancient hardware.
This story originally appeared as 10 warning signs that your IT landscape needs to change on TechRepublic.
Some companies depend on support contracts for the smooth running of the business. Others rely on them only for particular pieces of software or hardware — especially costly ones. And another group only uses them when absolutely necessary. Regardless of the camp your organisation falls into, expired support contracts are a good sign that your technology is out of date and in need of upgrading.
When was the last time you audited the organisation to find out what versions of various software products were deployed? When you conducted that exercise, did you see anything seriously out of date? You'd be surprised at what's still out there. On occasion, I see Windows 98 or NT machines, or Windows XP machines running Office 2000. Ancient software can cause far more issues than some people realise — especially when users are collaborating with other companies, which are unlikely to be running Microsoft Office 98 or StarOffice.