‘SMBs need a device refresh policy for productivity, security’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 5 December 2019

FINDINGS OF  STUDY
- 60% SMBs in Pune have no PC refresh policy.
- 83% SMBs think applications on older PCs can’t work with newer operating systems.

PUNE: To address issues of loss of productivity, security threat, data protection, compatibility faced by small and medium businesses (SMBs) while handling their IT infrastructure, Microsoft on Wednesday announced that these issues are being addressed by Windows 10. 

While addressing a press meet, Group Director – Devices, Microsoft India, Farhana Haque stressed on the need for SMBs to have a device refresh policy which would help increased productivity and provide more security to their businesses. “In the latest Microsoft study in partnership with global SMB IT market research and analyst organisation TechAisle, we found that SMBs in Pune have old PCs and using older operating systems. It not just affect work efficiency, it exposes company to security vulnerabilities and IT threats. Security solutions feature among the topmost priorities. Last year, 28 per cent (pc) of SMBs surveyed said they had experienced a security breach. Similarly, nearly a third of SMBs (32 pc) are using outdated PCs and almost half (49 pc) of them are on older versions,” said Haque.

She said SMBs employ over 110 million people, significantly contributing to economic growth as SMBs contribute to about 29 pc of India’s GDP. 

“We found that elevating business growth, improving productivity, reducing operational costs are top priorities and Microsoft wants to work alongside SMBs to help them realise their ambitions and succeed in this marketplace,” added Farhana.

On the maintenance cost of old PCs, she said the repair cost of old PCs shoots from 15 pc to 70 pc after four years of usage. She said Windows 10 helped increase productivity and offers identity protection, threat protection and information protection.

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