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James Duvall | March 05, 2019

Don’t Let Obsolescence Sneak Up On You: How to Identify the Signs

Whether they know it or not, system obsolescence is a big issue many organizations are facing today. But, like squeaking brakes, test and measurement systems typically develop warning signs when they are on the verge of obsolescence.

Two major indicators that a system is nearing obsolescence include slower execution time and more frequent failures and errors. Ignoring these two problems will eventually lead to equipment breakdowns that can leave you stranded. As a result, prolonged downtime is usually needed to retrofit solutions to existing components. Oftentimes, these changes need to be made with limited support from vendors for the mature equipment.

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An example of an outdated system using many obsolete components still running in a test lab.

Another warning sign that your system may be on the verge of becoming obsolete is when compatibility issues prevent the addition of new features into your system. For example, an old OS may not support the addition of new hardware that could accelerate your productivity. Similarly, aging systems may also experience security breaches or cyber events because of an older OS or the fact that the system is running on an unsupported platform.

From a managerial point of view, all these signs of obsolescence come back to the fact that the system is running slower and chipping away at productivity. As a result, you are spending more money on maintenance and productivity decreases. By understanding the status of your system and its components, you can determine the best approach to make meaningful changes and upgrades to increase the life of your system. 

Download our Complete Guide to Managing Obsolescence white paper to learn more about how to identify obsolescence issues early and manage them once they are identified.

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