IT infrastructure is a solid area of capital outlay and hence the demand for lightning-fast performance of all IT assets is a top priority. However, the IT environment in many organizations is not so rosy. Rampant issues of technical glitches, server crashes, and slow performance problems bug the average IT manager, taking a toll on productivity. Your system may be lethargic due to simple issues like too many programs running in the background or too many browser tabs remaining open. Or issues like a failing hard-drive or a case of too many add-ons. Some of the reasons, problems and quick-fixes thereof have been discussed.
Slow Application Performance
System performance is synonymous to productivity. It is very important to keep your computer at peak performance to keep yourself productive all the time. The system slowness issue also frustrates and annoys the user. To avoid this, user can check what issues he is facing regarding the system’s performance.
We live in the age of software apps, on multiple devices such as laptops, PCs, tablets and smartphones. Slowness on the part of applications may be due to multiple reasons. Creation of unnecessary active directories, overloaded DNS server, lack of adequate RAM, resource locks, excessive round-trips, to mention a few. It is essential to understand the application characteristics and then attempt for solutions.
Is the network the black sheep?
System performance is also affected by slow network data transfer speeds. The main reasons may be excessive traffic clogging of the network, data protection and antivirus software that may slow down networks, applications and protocols that may be hogging the network bandwidth. Some ways to rectify slow speed issues in a network include continuous monitoring and analysis of bandwidth performance, network traffic analysis, checking for network broadcast issues and stopping all data transfer ops when streaming media content.
Are programs getting locked?
Locking-up or slow running of programs may happen due to insufficient networking card or switch. For example, when a software program requires a 100-megabit wired connection and your networking hardware does not match this requirement, the programs automatically slow down. Data accumulation is another problem. The virtual file systems keep on adding notes, images and other entries that finally, it becomes a data overload that impacts the performance of the system. Upgrading the hardware network and archiving or deleting accumulated data will help enhance system performance.
Technical issues inside the computer
In addition to network issues, program issues and software application performance issues, the root of the problem may lie even inside the computer. Systems may slow down due to too many auto-openings of applications on start-up, processing power being eaten up by heavy programs, abnormally high usage of CPU process, an over-full hard drive, unnecessary software updates and so on. A periodic audit of your hardware resources will solve these problems.
Deduct slowness issues before they become parasitic on productivity. A proactive solution is a full-fledged performance test, that checks software applications from crashing due to high volumes and traffic. Whether your computers are running slow, or your software resources are under-performing, it is your brand repute that bears the brunt. Gear up and beat system performance problems with high-quality software development and testing processes.