Monday, December 16, 2013

When should you upgrade your technology?

These days technology is changing very frequently!  What you call latest today is not so in the next week!  Then what? Should you buy a new technology every week? Should you change your car every month and get a new laptop every fortnight? We all want to be at grip with technology. We all want to be called advanced?

Maybe let’s try to ask “Why these tech manufacturers continue to bring new technology?” Some is driven by meeting market demands whilst some is indeed purely profit driven. As technology consumers we need to remain sober as these new techies flow in.  The following factors should help you to determine when it is necessary for you to upgrade to a new technological improvement or not:


Do you buy a new technology because it is there? Does the technology meet your needs? How much technology in your technological gadget are you going to use?  Should one go for the latest car because it has such tremendous speed- up to 500 km/h? Where with the state of the roads in the country are you going to drive at that speed? There’s nowhere you could drive at such breakneck speed? Neither will any state allow such driving speeds not even for emergency vehicles? 
Being blind do you buy a TV set just for the audio? Why not go just for a radio? Do you just upgrade your accounting system because Pastel has a new version? Many people jumped into Windows 8 Operating system only to find they could not run most of their usual software applications on it. You should obtain value from your money! Don’t buy what you don’t use! Maybe you are the only one with it, but is it necessary? 

I guess whatsoever the reason, you buy a technology because you want to keep it, i.e. to maintain it functional. You should ask yourself if there’s readily available support for your new technology. Are parts available for your brand new Sikuzu vehicle? Do you have to import parts from Japan each time your vehicle needs service? Had you ever taken your car to a garage and been told we are waiting for the broken part to ship from the Cocos Islands? How frustrating is that? A colleague once told me no one could service their vehicle here in Zimbabwe and the garage had advised him to take it to South Africa.

Stability and Maturity
Technological companies introduce technologies quick enough to fight completion on the market, before a competitor brings in the same or an alternative! Most often when new technologies are introduced they often come with many flaws which are only identified by the early users. So being the first to use a technology may actually mean being the test ground for a new invention and you must be ready to meet the mishaps. If necessary try to wait a bit. Don’t jump in too quickly! Let them polish and refine the technology first before you commit some resources to it. Many car lovers were at the losing end when a car manufacturer called back over 1000 of its latest vehicles due to a braking loophole.

It usually helps to go for a mature technology, one that is tried and tested, unless you want to be the product’s testing ground.

Here are some of the scenarios when buying or upgrading to a new technology may be advisable

·         When you realise that a technology is being phased out by the manufacturer and there will be no formal support for it. Consider buying a digital camera before you begin having problems finding a Kodak film for your traditional Kodak camera. Don’t be too late!

·         The current technology is now failing to meet your needs due to changing business strategy, focus or personal needs, in this case you may need to upgrade or consider new alternatives.

·         The current technology is no longer compatible with other existing technologies

·         A new technology enhances your operations or results in cost saving or convenience!





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