New Computer Investment Can Boost Bottom Lines. What Are You Waiting for?

Find out why holding onto yesterday’s technology can hurt tomorrow’s profits.

Small business owners are remarkably inventive and imaginative when it comes to doing more with less. But there are times when ingenuity can bring unexpected costs, when that nifty hack is really a hack against your own bottom line. Making do with outdated computers is an excellent illustration of how small business owners can pay a price for being too frugal.

Just ask A.V. Sindhar, who runs a consulting firm in Silicon Valley. His computer is the command center for his entire business—an essential tool for everything from creating slides for new business pitches to making invoices and bookkeeping. Sindhar discovered early on that keeping critical technology current was key to building a successful business.

“I wanted to keep my launch costs down, so I tried to get by with a four-year-old laptop,” recalled Sindhar. “That was a mistake.”

After a couple of weeks of suffering slow boot times in front of potential clients and precious hours squandered trying to get his machine to run properly, Sindhar invested in a new computer. “I realized I was actually wasting money trying to save money. ‘Time is money’ is a cliché, but it’s true—it’s especially true in the early days of a business,” Sindhar said.

Sindhar might be shocked to discover just how costly an outdated PC can be. It’s estimated that up to one week a year is wasted on frustrating tasks like restarting the machine, reloading software, and waiting for IT consultants to call you back. Measured in money, an old PC could cost up to $17,000 a year in productivity costs.1

There are other costs to keeping old computers in service. The digital age has also ushered in a fierce competition for talent. The best employees—the ones who can make a difference between success and failure for a small business—don’t want to work on older computers. It’s not only millennials who expect current technology to do their jobs; the talent a small business owner needs to win requires computers that are high performing, mobile, simple to use, and durable.

I wanted to keep my launch costs down, so I tried to get by with a four-year-old laptop. That was a mistake.”

—A.V. Sindhar, small business owner

Better for Business

New computers running 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors gain up to 40 percent faster performance over computers running 7th Generation processors.2 This power can be found in a new generation of laptops and 2 in 1s that offer mobility without compromising performance. You and your employees can work fast and smart.

These improvements are bolstered when your organization migrates to Windows* 10 Pro on new hardware. Windows* 10 Pro devices have up to 2.5x better performance3 and up to 10 hours of battery life.4

Add 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Optane™ memory and you have a superior tool for business applications. Everyday tasks are more than two times faster5 with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Optane™ memory, a smart, adaptable system accelerator. By remembering the programs you use most frequently, 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Optane™ memory let you open large media files up to 2.9x faster.5

New computers with Thunderbolt™ 3 ports can enjoy transfer times that are faster6 than with traditional USB ports. “Delivering the most advanced, efficient, and versatile input/output solution available, Thunderbolt™ 3 port helps business users get the most out of the latest thin and light notebooks and 2 in 1s,”7 said Jason Ziller, general manager of Intel’s Client Connectivity Division. With new computers, small business owners can apply their creativity and resourcefulness to what matters most: Getting great ideas to market before the competition and delighting customers with the best products and services.

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Product and Performance Information

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Based on a 2018 web-based survey, commissioned by Intel and conducted by J.Gold Associates, LLC, of 3297 respondents from small business in 16 countries commissioned by Intel and conducted by J.Gold Associates, LLC, to assess the challenges and costs associated with deploying older PCs. Survey respondents estimated that for PCs more than 5 years old, employees would be 29% less productive – based on an average assumed employee’s salary of US$60,000, the lost productivity cost will amount to US$17,000. To review this statistic and the full report, visit here.

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ONLY FOR 8TH GENERATION INTEL® CORE™ i5 KBL-R U SERIES MOBILE PROCESSORS; Gain up to 40% better PC performance with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors vs. previous 7th Gen designs; Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit www.intel.com.au/benchmarks. Benchmark (or estimated) results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as "Spectre" and "Meltdown". Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.

Gain up to 40% better PC performance with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors vs. previous 7th Gen designs.

As measured by SYSmark* 2014 SE (Second Edition) on Intel Reference Platform: Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor, PL1=15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.0GHz, Memory: 8GB DDR4-2400, Storage: Intel 600p SSD, Intel® UHD Graphics 620, OS: Windows* 10 versus Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.5GHz, Memory: 8GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel 600p SSD, Intel® HD Graphics 620, OS: Windows* 10.

Performance results are based on testing as of [Jan 31, 2018 to Feb 9] and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.

Intel, the Intel logo, Intel® Core™, and Intel® Optane™ are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+ desktop platform featuring Intel® Optane™ memory vs. a 5 yr. old PC; The benchmark results reported above may need to be revised as additional testing is conducted. The results depend on the specific platform configurations and workloads utilized in the testing, and may not be applicable to any particular user’s components, computer system or workloads. The results are not necessarily representative of other benchmarks and other benchmark results may show greater or lesser impact from mitigations.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit http://www.intel.com.au/benchmarks.

As measured by SYSmark* 2014 SE Responsiveness Subscore comparing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+ 8400 (16GB Intel® Optane™ memory module) vs. Intel® Core™ i5-3330 (HDD Only).

Performance results are based on testing as of [Jan 31, 2018 to Feb 9] and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.

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ONLY FOR 8TH GEN INTEL® CORE™ KBL-R U SERIES MOBILE PROCESSORS; Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit www.intel.com.au/benchmarks. Benchmark (or estimated) results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as "Spectre" and "Meltdown". Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.

Achieve anything, everywhere with the perfect balance of long battery life and rich performance to last your full work day.

As projected on Intel Reference Platform using a 70WHr Battery and 4K Panel on Windows* 10 4K 24fps 10bit HEVC Local Video Playback Component Average Power: Intel® Core™ i7-8550U Processor, PL1=15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.0GHz, Memory: 8GB DDR4-2400, Storage: Intel® 600p SSD, Intel® UHD Graphics 620, OS: Windows* 10, Battery Size: 70WHr, Screen: 4K, Windows* 10 Power Slider – Better Performance.

Performance results are based on testing as of [Jan 31, 2018 to Feb 9] and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.

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Performance results are based on testing as of [Jan 31, 2018 to Feb 9, 2018] and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure.

As measured by Media Project Load comparing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+ 8400 (16GB Intel® Optane™ memory module) vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8400 (HDD only).

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FOR ALL DESKTOPS AND MOBILE DESIGNS WITH THUNDERBOLT™ 3 PORTS; Move massive files, images, and videos up to 8x faster with a Thunderbolt™ 3 port vs. a traditional USB 3.0; Move massive files, images, and videos up to 8x faster with a Thunderbolt™ 3 port vs. a traditional USB 3.0.

As compared to other PC I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 FireWire*. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. Must use a Thunderbolt™-enabled device. For more information, go to http://www.intel.com.au/content/www/au/en/io/thunderbolt/thunderbolt-technology-developer.html.

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Intel, the Intel logo, Intel® Core™, Intel® Optane™, and Thunderbolt™ are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Link - https://www.intel.com.au/content/www/au/en/business/small-business/pc-replacement-benefits.html