When referring to the future no one knows for sure what the outcome will be! We make an educated guess, draw out hypotheses, or even think ahead to foresee events that are actually bound to happen. Technology is constantly evolving at a pace we sometimes can no longer keep track of. The result however is somewhat vague and impossible. What that means is that for a specific task or job an application or program has the ability to do it in a matter of seconds, simple right? Not at all! We first have to select what program/application to use, we have to familiarize ourselves with it, then when an update or patch has been pushed out by the developers, we have no choice but to download it. The user interface of the program at this point might not be the same one as we are used to, we have to adjust and adapt to the new update. This pattern is the same for every single application/program. The over saturated market for developers can sometimes lead to even more complicated results.

All We Can Do Is Prepare

There is no sure-fire way to future proof any form of technology, not at this point at least. The best thing we can do is prepare for it. Let’s say that Microsoft is going to launch a new OS (operating system), your system administrator will then check and see if the computers in your organization can handle the requirements for the new OS. If every single computer/laptop on your business can handle it, then the gruesome stage of downloading and uploading that new OS to the systems will take place. Depending on how he/she chooses to do the update it will always be done in batches, and in beta stages, constant checking and adjustment will be done to ensure that everything is working. Can you now imagine how complicated one single change can be? The preparation alone could take weeks depending on the size of your business and the IT team working on it. For the most part you can foresee an event that will happen in a few days, weeks, or even months that is a variation of future proofing your business. Although that is merely a fraction of it. You can also think about how your hardware will fare for future advancement.

Not Going Overboard with Future Technology

Buying the latest processor and all other bells and whistles that come with it does not ensure that your system will stay future proof. For the moment sure, it can handle everything that you can throw at it, for a month or so, it’ll be the best there is. Then comes another latest version. You’ll be stuck on the loop of trying to acquire the best constantly. Then you have to think about the cost. The Intel Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition cost around $900. Are you seriously going to equip everyone with this beast? It’s an overkill especially for daily tasks that requires minimal applications to perform. Learn to plan hardware upgrades that best suits your employees, depending on what they will need and perhaps go slightly beyond what is required to ensure that they can use the upgrade for another year. This type of investment will pay for itself in the long run.