Refresh old desktop PCs, save up to $2083

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 24 July 2009, 02:42 Hrs   |    43 Comments
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Refresh old desktop PCs, save up to $2083
Bangalore: A new study reveals that firms can gain an additional 92,935 through productivity by refreshing their old desktop PCs with laptops. According to the study conducted by Wipro Research in India, firms can also benefit from power savings amounting to 5,442 per year by switching from old desktops to laptops. Overall, by refreshing an old desktop with a laptop the firm gains 92,935 plus 5,442 that equals to 98,377 per PC per year.

Switching to laptops would also result in eliminating the need for UPS - thereby providing firms with an additional 3,550 in savings through UPS capital and running costs, resulting in a total power saving of 5,442. Over 50 percent of respondents feel that new applications, service packs, updates and patches are the major reasons for increase in maintenance effort every year. Anjan Choudhury Chief Technology Officer of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) said,"At BSE, we have taken a decision to refresh desktops and laptops every four years with a warranty for the whole period from the manufacturer so that cost of ownership is minimized."

Today, due to the rising security threats, firms are enhancing their infrastructure to be protected. According to the survey, 52 percent of companies experiencing security incidents run with older PCs running older operating systems. Just over half of the survey respondents felt that security incidents increased with the age of a PC. With all these benefits available, it needs to be seen how many firms will replace their old PCs with brand new laptops.

The study was conducted among 50 firms in India that had more than 1000 PCs, by making use of a two step data gathering technique. First a survey questionnaire of 45 questions collecting 400 data points on PC management practices and costs was conducted followed by face to face or telephonic interviews to validate the survey. The study polled firms which on an average have 6861 employees, 3609 desktop PC users and 1184 laptop PC users.

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