For state, local and tribal governments, technology is a major element of their day-to-day existence. Yet, many are using outdated technology, for no other reason than “if it's not broken, don't fix it.”
Technology today has entered a period of almost exponential growth and change and as a result, that “comfortable” legacy technology can be a problem. Continuing to use outdated technology of all types can be costly beyond simple finances.
Legacy technology is defined as “an old technology, method, computer system, or application of, relating to, or being a previous or outdated system.”
The Dangers of Legacy Technology
While legacy technology may give the impression that it “works fine,” the fact is legacy technology opens your state, local or tribal government up to serious risks in today's connected world. They include:
- Data Breaches – Legacy systems opens a door to cybercrime.
- They Are Expensive to Operate – Legacy systems waste energy and are increasingly expensive to service.
- Non-Compliance – Legacy technology might not meet compliance standards.
While replacing legacy technology can be expensive, not replacing old technology can be catastrophic.
Consider Upgrading with ARP Funding
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the Federal government implementing stimulus programs to keep businesses operating. In March of 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ATP) was signed into law. ARP provided $350 billion in direct funding to states, localities, and tribal governments to help navigate the impacts of the pandemic.
While the deadline for ARP passed on December 31, 2021, governments, and tribal nations that are eligible and qualify can still apply and receive funding. The process is simple, but to receive the funding you must apply. It's an easy process and you can find the forms here.
ARP funding is a great way to upgrade or replace your legacy technology. This can help your team to work better, improve security and facilitate communications and engagement.
DSI offers technology to up your game and qualifies for funding through ARP. This includes:
- VoIP Cloud-Based Phone Systems
- Wide Format Printers
- Managed IT Services
- OneScreen Interactive Smart Whiteboards
- Security Cameras
Call DSI and let us help you design a custom technology solution to get the most out of your stimulus dollars! We can help you with the perfect solution to meet your business's unique needs.