So its been a while since I have written a post, mainly due to the fact that I had a couple of weeks in India, followed by a couple of weeks of been unwell… I am going to give India the benefit of the doubt and blame the stop over in Dubai International Airport for my illness, mainly as I think its impossible to have gotten food poisoning from India taking into account the times.
So this was my second visit to India, the last visit about 3 years ago. Even in three years things have changed, WiFi is available everywhere and quite often its free! The cabling doesn’t seem to have got any better, the words rat nest were muttered numerous times. Broadband now seems to be the norm, things seem to run faster than before.
The one thing that still amazes me is that the internet cafes and business are all still using old kit. For example CRT screens everywhere, in the UK a 17″ flat screen (sometimes two) is the norm. In India they still seem to be clinging onto their 15″ eye straining CRT’s! Even the machines are old and usually running a dodgy version of Windows XP. For me this sums up India, they make things work for years and years. You just have to look around to see motorbikes and auto rickshaws that must be 20 years plus old, not to mention their archaic online train booking system!
Years of service but at what cost?
I firmly believe that most IT kit should be replaced every 4 years, especially in a business environment. The slower your machine is the less productive you are, fact! Granted in India labour is cheap (the average Indian takes home £550 a year, remember that’s a average, in rural India people live on around £1.60 a day), so maybe making a machine last 10 years and that person been less productive somehow equates to a winning formula, it certainly seems to work as India’s a booming economy.
But we are not India, we need to keep ahead in technology, continue to invest in technology to make us more productive and embrace IT to make our lives easier. I doubt whether that will be the last time I visit India, I think in 20 years time things will be very different.
How old are your machines? Are they due a refresh? Does my mental picture of India leave you thinking that your systems would be more at home in the Asian continent? If so give Fusion a call on 08451 221240 we will be happy to give you some free advise.