Budget cuts force IT departments to stick with ageing kit

by Jenny Williams IT departments are extending, or even freezing, IT upgrade cycles due to the recession and budget cuts, according to a survey by IT charity Computer Aid International. Longer upgrade cycles have reduced the number of donations, according to the charity, which refurbishes older co

by Jenny Williams

IT departments are extending, or even freezing, IT upgrade cycles due to the recession and budget cuts, according to a survey by IT charity Computer Aid International.

Longer upgrade cycles have reduced the number of donations, according to the charity, which refurbishes older computers for re-use in developing countries.

The survey of 150 organisations found 33% of companies have extended IT equipment refresh cycles due to the economic downturn, citing budget cuts as the cause.

Only 23% of organisations surveyed upgrade their PCs before they are three years old, compared to 39% in 2009. Some firms extend the refresh cycle by 12 months, while others have scrapped desktop replacements completely and are only replacing broken PCs.

"The vast majority of unwanted PCs, laptops and monitors that are replaced following a refreshment cycle are still in good working order, so it is encouraging to see that companies are making the most of their existing equipment," said Anja Ffrench, director of communications at Computer Aid International.

Computer Aid recently called on IT managers to maximise the life of IT to improve energy efficiency, either by postponing replacement or providing kit to a second user.

This story first appeared on www.computerweekly.com

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