Older PCs Costing Indian SMBs Rs. 93,500 Per Device, Reveals Techaisle, a Study by Microsoft & Intel

Older PCs Costing Indian SMBs Rs. 93,500 Per Device, Reveals Techaisle, a Study by Microsoft & Intel

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 07:17 Hrs
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Techaisle, a report by Microsoft & Intel, reveals that SMBs up keeping a PC or laptop older than four years costs them Rs. 93,500 ($1,279) per device which is enough to oust the outdated hardware with three or more new PCs. This study which establishes a direct cost insinuation for SMBs from the loss in efficiency and security risks resulting from outdated devices surveyed 2,156 SMBs PAN India, Australia, Indonesia, Japan & South Korea.

Explaining the aforementioned, Priyadarshi Mohapatra, Country General Manager - Consumer & Devices Sales, Microsoft India, evokes “PCs are the productive engines for most SMBs in India, where organizations rely heavily on their devices for their day-to-day tasks. However, 3 in 10 SMBs in India surveyed have PCs that are older than four years, which significantly increases maintenance costs. Microsoft is invested in extending a secured and productive computing experience to SMBs across sizes and geographies of India, enabling them with a modern workplace.”

India is home to over 51 million micro, small & medium enterprises, which contribute over 30 percent to India’s GDP and employs over 114 million workforces. Techaisle discovered that regardless of the cost implications and security risks, 49 percent of larger SMBs and 31 percent of small SMBs are still using older PCs.On the flipside, SMBs who have already adopted a contemporary workplace approach have experienced better productivity, reduced costs, and improved security. For instance, 66 percent of SMBs saw better efficiency by adopting newer PCs that enabled them with new experiences powered by cloud and mobility solutions, and 63 percent of SMBs felt that they were able to better secure and protect their data on newer PCs. Furthermore, 58 percent of SMBs found that adopting newer PCs condensed overall maintenance costs and 41 percent of SMBs agreed that newer PCs made their employees more productive.

Speaking on the matter, Anurag Agrawal, Chief Analyst, Techaisle says “We found that the key barriers in migrating to a newer device were concerns of legacy applications not being able to work on a newer operating system, along with the lack of budgets. However, the benefits of adopting a modern device strategy outweigh the concerns. Too often, SMB owners focus on short-term costs and while in most cases this approach is absolutely valid, at times it can lead to situations that cost them more. The choice between maintaining older PCs and replacing them with newer PCs is one such area. However, these SMBs should re-evaluate their decision given the higher cost of maintaining older PCs which has a larger cumulative effect on the budget than purchasing newer PCs with the latest technology. SMBs in the country should seriously consider making the shift to a newer PC in the immediate future.”

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