Thinking of upgrading your company’s tech gear? Now’s not the time.
I live on technology’s bleeding edge. I usually update my computers, smartphones, Wi-Fi access points, and other hardware bits every 18 months. Usually. Many companies typically replace their PCs and servers every three years. Typically.
But 2021 is not a usual or typical year. Supply chain problems are slowing down deliveries of everything from iPhones to cars to holiday toys.
This will not—I repeat—will not be improving anytime this year or even in the next few quarters. As Brandon Kulik, Deloitte’s semiconductor industry research head, recently told Ars Technica, “The shortages are going to continue indefinitely. Maybe that doesn’t mean 10 years, but certainly, we’re not talking about quarters. We’re talking about years.”