SMB IT; The PC Lifecycle

April 11, 2009

What is the life cycle of that PC you are buying?

I must confess, it is difficult to give one recommendation for SMB’s on this one, simply because there are so many variables. These variables include organization size, and how critical technology is to your business.

In larger organizations, typically a life cycle of three to four years was used. (although this Channel Insider article documents some companies moving to five year cycles.)

What Goes Into the Life cycle?

The life cycle of of of a personal computer (or laptop) is based on several factors. These can include fitness of purpose, support costs, standardization imperatives etc.

The support cost is one of the major factors in this life cycle. It is Commonly called TCO, or Total Cost of Ownership.

Unless you are a Do it Yourself mechanic, most of us consider replacing an older car when we hit that stage where the number and cost of repairs starts to out weigh the perceived value of no car payments.

In general your costs sky rocket when you have to begin servicing and repairing older PC assets. These costs include direct parts and labor costs, but all the indirect cost associated with the unavailability of that PC – IE the employees loss of productivity during the process.

So for larger organizations it economically makes sense to simply replace all PC assets on a a staggered cycle. Sort of a whether they need it or  not type of scenario.

Smaller businesses?

You may be able to leverage your assets longer.

But the same rule applies, when the number and cost of repairs starts to out weigh the perceived value…….

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One Response to “SMB IT; The PC Lifecycle”

  1. On the Money Says:

    For PCs getting long in the tooth, a rejuvenating fix of Linux works wonders!


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