The time for planning has ended. Microsoft will no longer provide extended support for Windows 7. While extended security updates (ESU) may be available for Professional and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 (for a maximum of three years from January 14, 2020), this option will come at an increasing cost to organizations.
Technology permeates every aspect of a business, which means optimizing your IT investments should be a top priority. This can be done through strategic IT budgeting and planning. However, the technology landscape is evolving at such a rapid rate; IT leaders must sort through a myriad of technologies and prioritize those that will drive the most value for their organizations.
Trends in Information Technology are continuously changing and, as a result, organizations are having to adapt to those changes. Let's look at the most prominent IT trends that are showing up today.
Cloud-Based Modern Desktop
Many organizational networks are now cloud-based, allowing end users to connect from literally anywhere at any time, and with any device. Businesses who look towards enabling employees with a "Modern Desktop" environment typically want to meet these objectives:
- Empower staff through collaboration
- Enable business productivity without interruption
- Enhance security posture
The promises of productivity in the cloud continue to ring true. Access to your data from anywhere, at any time, with the ability to collaborate in real-time, is truly revolutionary and is providing a competitive advantage for organizations in every industry. However, access from anywhere means that without sufficient protections, the wrong people can gain access to your data by easily hacking usernames and passwords.
On Tuesday, April 2, the FDIC issued an advisory letter to banks on Technology Service Provider Contracts. The letter speaks to gaps that examiners are seeing in contracts between banks and their technology service providers.
Whether you have a dedicated IT team on staff who needs be more innovation focused, or your business is looking for comprehensive managed IT solutions, it’s important to ask the right questions in order to get the perfect fit for your business. Partnering with an IT Service Provider should be seamless and result in peace of mind. Doing your homework on a company before hiring them is as important as looking up product reviews before purchasing something new for yourself.
If your organization is still utilizing Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2, please read this article in its entirety.
Over the past several years, the demand for cloud infrastructure services has quickly grown with recent revenues reaching well over $23.6 billion, up 93% from the previous year. Recognizing this, Microsoft has made massive investments in data centers all around the world to become the leader in the global public cloud services market, along with having the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider.
In the coming year, how will your organization be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support?
Quick answer: Upgrade.
Review the chart below and ensure that your Microsoft products are not about to expire. The chart quickly points out some significant end-of-life/support dates that are on the horizon for some of the more popular Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Exchange 2010, and Office 2010.
It seems these dates are far out, but in reality, upgrade discussions should begin now in order to prepare appropriately. By applying upgrades before products fall out of support, your business will be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support.