Time for an Upgrade?

     One of the more critical pieces of equipment an office depends on is its copier.  You’ve heard the saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”.  Well, the same goes for the copier.  When it is not functioning properly, a seemingly easy-going employee can “flip a switch” and go from docile employee to enraged employee.  We’ve all seen it happen. 
     Some telltale signs that you might want to invest in newer technology is pretty direct and simple.  One obvious sign is that you’re on a first name basis with the service technician.  So if reliability is a thing of the past, you might want to invest in the future with a new piece of equipment.  With that new piece of equipment comes the latest and greatest in this ever-changing world of technology.  Add to that the fact that the cost of maintaining your old copier might outweigh the cost of a new and improved version, then your decision to purchase “new” is a no-brainer.
     Another sign that you need a change is the back-up of print and copy jobs.  If you notice a line at the copier, you might want to consider upgrading.  This decrease in efficiency, not to mention the frustration of not getting your job “now”, does nothing for employee morale.  As frustration mounts, it’s clear that you need to make a change. 
     Still another little nudge you might need is when your equipment is at the end of the lease.  Newer and more feature-rich devices are yours for the taking.  Older equipment might not support functions that are critical to your business needs like scanning, mobile printing, and document management, just to name a few.
     All in all, the decision to upgrade is one that you don’t want to take lightly.  Do your research and take into consideration your business’ needs so in the end you’ll feel good about your decision.