Declining PC Shipments Suggest New Business Computing Models
Building a company’s computing infrastructure is a costly and time-consuming process. Sure, you can purchase new servers; or workstations in bulk, but overall it takes some time to get everything set up and running just how you need it to. PC manufacturers are shipping fewer computers than ever before and that may have an impact on your business’ ability to get the technology it needs when it needs it. Let’s take a look.
Access to Fewer Devices
For decades the PC market has grown, but according to Gartner, 2022 is expected to see a 9.5 percent decrease in the shipping of PCs. While you would think that would be good news for mobile device manufacturers, those companies are seeing fewer orders as well; a decrease of a whopping seven percent.
Why is this happening? Ranjit Atwal, a senior data analyst at Gartner has the answer: “A perfect storm of geopolitical upheaval, high inflation, currency fluctuations, and supply chain disruptions have lowered business and consumer demand for devices across the world and is set to impact the PC market the hardest in 2022.”
Most industry analysts suggest that the collapse of the 5G smartphone market in China is one of the major contributing factors to this significant downturn. Another is the sustained conflict raging in Ukraine, as well as runaway inflation in economies all over the world. These events have microprocessor manufacturers scaling back production, further complicating the issue.
It all adds up to a supply shortage. This will cause prices to inflate further and may keep your business from being able to acquire the technology needed because the cost is too high and the availability is too low.
Have You Planned for the Worst?
As we mentioned above, getting the technology your business needs is a complicated process anyway, but with these industry problems at hand, it exacerbates the situation; especially for medium-sized and small businesses. All this means is that you are going to have to make a plan for your hardware needs long before you plan on refreshing it.
This can be complicated, but the IT professionals at Ashton Solutions can help you cut through annoying shortages and geopolitics to find the hardware your company needs. Our team of consultants can work with you to assess your current technology and put together a comprehensive refresh timeline that will allow you to get the technology your company needs when you need it.
In today’s competitive market, where properly running and consistently maintained technology is the difference between being able to run efficiently and productively, it is important to have the access to technology and the corresponding expertise to put your business in the right position moving forward. To learn more about how we can help you get the technology you need, give us a call today at 216 397-4080.