December 12, 2019 06:01 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Farhana Haque
 Small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Chandigarh with PCs that are more than four years old and running older operating systems can experience significantly reduced workplace productivity as compared to newer PCs. Not just work efficiencies, older PCs expose organizations to security vulnerabilities and IT threats. Recovering data and maintaining business continuity is among the topmost challenges for SMBs in Chandigarh. In the last year alone, 32% of SMBs surveyed in Chandigarh said they had experienced a security breach.

• SMBs in Chandigarh experienced security breaches with older PCs and operating systems
• SMBs need to make the shift to Windows 10 PCs to elevate business growth and reduce operating costs

Nearly 41% of SMBs in Chandigarh are using outdated PCsand 70% of them are on older versions of Windows.These findings were revealed in the latest Microsoft study in partnership with global SMB IT market research and analyst organizationTechAisle, which polled almost 2,000 SMBs across Asia Pacific.

SMBs in Chandigarh who have embraced a modern workplace strategy have experienced multiple benefits forbusinesses and employees, including higher productivity, better security and reduced operating costs.
• 95% of SMBs in Chandigarh saw improved IT efficiency by adopting newer PCs
• 67% of the surveyed SMBs agreed that adopting newer PCs enabled better usage experience through cloud and mobility solutions
• All SMBs (100%)in Chandigarh using newer PCs have reduced overall maintenance costs
• 90% of SMBs in Chandigarh said that newer PCs helped them with enhanced security and data protection
• 76% SMBs have benefited fromincreased employee productivitywith newer PCs

“Technology can be a real enabler for businesses, both small and large, and SMBs need to recognise the value that IT investment can bring to their present and future growth. SMBs employ over 110 million people in India, significantly contributing to India’s economic growth. Microsoft wants to work alongside SMBs in India to help them realise their ambitions and succeed in this competitive marketplace,” said Farhana Haque, Group Director – Devices, Microsoft India.

Narrowing the adoption gap

According to the study, the continued delay in SMBs’ adoption of newer technological infrastructure across business functions, was due to factors such as perceived app incompatibility and low awareness of

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