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By josep.nizolak ·
My organization has been under a three year desktop hardware replacement cycle. That is we replace all our hardware every three years using a process that replaces one third each year. We have followed this time line based on Gartner Group recommendations that have so far held true: current software applications will not run well on hardware older than three years. I'm interested in what others are doing -- three years, more or less? I'd be interested if you are using think tank informationsuch as the Gartner group to back up the business process you are following.
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by Wayne M. In reply to Hardware Replacement Cycl ...

We typically replace hardware on an as needed basis and use machines for much more than 3 years.

I think the answer really depends upon the precise nature of your business and which specific machines you are talking about. We are a development house and most of our client machines are running quite well under Windows95. We find we can run e-mail and word processing quite well on these machines. Even software development programs run nicely. We did, however, fully load the machines with memory and got the top of the line CPUs when we bought them.

Three years seems to be a fairly fast turn around in my view, but if it is working for your organization, don't change it. You might tyr experimenting with a longer cycle in a couple of areas just to see what happens, but I wouldn't make a change based on advice from a web site.

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by Lo In reply to Hardware Replacement Cycl ...

My company went to 1/3 per year about 2 years ago. Prior to that it was milk each system until they were totally dry. This was a 'most bang for the buck'. It was also in a market where new hdw/sftw had a 1-2 year development cycle.

The change was 'justified' primarily based on the cost (person time to fix + hardware and down time for the user of the system) as I remember. A few years back (4-5?) there was a 1-2 year devl cycle for hdw/sftw, that has been 6-10 months for several years nowI think and getting shorter each year.
It is 'cheaper' to replace the system and have compatible and current hdw/sftw than to find parts, salvage old parts, etc. to keep older hardware running. Many 'upgrades' are due to newer software not supported or pushing limits of older hardware such as minimum requirements for a Win NT system.

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by James_Randy In reply to Hardware Replacement Cycl ...

At our company I evaluate our computer needs- both hardware and software - once a year, typically at the end of each fiscal year (bookkeeping/tax considerations). We don?t update our software unless there?s a compelling reason to do so. For example,there?s no reason to upgrade to Office2000 since our Office97 meets our needs just fine and there are no compatibility problems with file transfer. I suspect we?ll use it for several more years. Our CAD software is upgraded only when file transfer or additional features becomes a big issue, or when we?re forced to upgrade because our clients have & we need to remain compatible with them. We still run Windows95 on all workstations, with NT4.0 on the servers. They both meet our needs just fine, so why go through the brain damage of OS upgrades simply for upgrade?s sake? We use our hardware until it either wears out, which is almost never, or until it is no longer adequate to meet the software requirements. We have three different levels of users, depending on the demands each places on the computer system. The users that place the most demand on the machine always get the newest and fastest ones. Their old machines are filtered down to the next level of ?less demanding? users. Theirs are filtered down to the users who place the least demand on the systems. Right now, we?re phasing out Pentium 166s and older (which are all at the lowest level of demand), not because they?ve become unreliable, but because they no longer meet the requirements of all our software. How old are 166s, 5-6 years? Why spend money if the old computers work just fine & productivity isn?t affected? We subscribe to the notion, ?If it ain?t broke, why fix it?? And after all, the more money the company can save, the more they?ll have to spread around when bonus season is upon us!

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by BV2 In reply to Hardware Replacement Cycl ...

4 years - we have about 300 PCs, but want to have a life other than the process of retiring and loading new machines. Consequently, we retire and replace about 60-70 machines during the first quarter of the year. Our software, on the other hand, is generally whenever a significant increase comes along (Office 97 to Office 2000, for example).

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by The Iceman In reply to Hardware Replacement Cycl ...

We too have found a 3 year cycle to be the norm, all h/w leases are for this period. Power/specialist users I believe should be 2 years though. Leading edge s/w usually requires leading edge h/w to substantiate the investment. The effect if the average is catered for is that you are only moving at the speed of your average employee and not your best.

Regards and good luck.

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