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Why outdated technology costs you money

Paul Weeden

Written by Paul Weeden

Founder & Managing Director at Foration. IT and technology fixer.

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Technology that is out of date can prove costly, leaving your business vulnerable to security risks and prone to downtime. Microsoft ended its support of a number of services last year and with only 6 months until the end of Windows Server 2003, we highlight some of the key considerations for your business below.

Are you using any of the following?

Windows XP: Support ended in April 2014. If you are still using Windows XP, you are 6 times more likely to be infected with malware than if you are running Windows 8.

Office 2003: Support ended in April 2014. Without critical security updates, your business is open to attack, which is why we recommend moving to Office 365.

Windows Server 2003: Support will end on 14th July 2015. This means you have less than 6 months to upgrade to a later version and safeguard your business.

What does this really mean for your business?

1. No support for technical queries

Resulting in:

  • Increased costs - as you spend money fixing IT issues.
  • Decreased productivity - as you spend time trying to resolve IT issues.

2. No updates to fix critical or security issues

Resulting in:

  • Crashes and downtime - making you less efficient.
  • Legal and regulatory compliance issues - leading to fines for unsupported software.

3. No security protection against cyber attacks

Resulting in:

  • Security holes - leaving you exposed to cyber threats.
  • Breaches in client confidentiality - as your data is more open to a security attack.

 

If you are still using one of the Microsoft services listed above, upgrading your technology should be a key priority. For those using more recent versions on old machines, investing in new technology may also make financial sense. Machines that are over 4 years old are proven to experience more IT issues, cause more downtime and be more costly to fix. To find out more, view our Risks of Using Outdated Technology Infographic.

Risks of using outdated technology infographic

Paul Weeden

Written by Paul Weeden

Founder & Managing Director at Foration. IT and technology fixer.

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