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The 2020 Problem, are you ready?

Lily Howell Apr 9, 2019 12:00:00 AM

This time next year, half of all businesses are going to be affected by what IT professionals are calling the 2020 problem.

Some of the most widely used business software is coming to the end of its life in 2020, and when it does, it will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This spells big trouble for anyone still using that software, not only will there be nobody to fix it when things go wrong (and it’s inevitable they will), but out of date software means your business will no longer be compliant with GDPR.  Meaning all that effort you went to ticking all those data protection boxes last year will count for nothing.  Not to mention the hackers. Not upgrading your software leaves you extremely vulnerable, making you easy pickings for Cyber criminals to find a way in (and they will).

Windows 7, Office 2010, Exchange 2010, Small Business Server 2011 and Windows Server 2008 software is expiring next January.

Don’t panic if you don’t know which software you’re using. It’s as simple as following these steps to find out:

  1. Click on the Start Button.
  2. Enter “computer” in the search box.
  3. Right-click on properties.
  4. The version of Windows you’re running will be displayed. If it says it’s Windows 7, it’s time to take action.

We all get a bit slower and irritable as we grow older, and it’s the same with computers. If you’re finding things are taking longer than they use to and your PC takes an age to boot up, there’s a pretty good chance it’s out of date.  Typically, up-to-date software is faster, more stable and lets you use all sorts of time-saving features.

But why act now?

We know what you’re thinking. “But 2020 is a year away, I’ll just leave it for a few months”. We get that sometimes businesses feel pressure to invest in the latest IT, but we promise we really do have your best interests at heart here. When it comes to computer upgrades, putting things on the back burner is always tempting, but leaving everything until the last minute is a perfect recipe for disaster.

Time escapes us and in business, a year is nothing. A perfect example of this is the dreaded GDPR. 8 months on, and thousands of organisations are STILL not compliant with the new regulations after leaving everything to the last minute.

As tempting as it is, turning a blind eye is never a good idea, especially when it comes to things that can cost you huge amounts of money – and customers – if you get caught out.

We understand that this is probably the last thing you want to hear right now (sorry) but upgrading can take weeks or months to properly plan and implement. So the sensible thing to do is to do it straight away.

Acting now improves your chances of a smooth transition. If you wait too long, you’re in danger of a rush job that causes unnecessary stress and downtime.

All modern businesses rely on software that works properly. Downtime means staff sitting around doing nothing, which quickly leads to frustration and low morale. If you can’t give customers what they expect, It puts you at risk of them dumping you and going elsewhere.

You’ll be amazed by how much more productive you and your team will be when you’ve got a computer system that actually helps you. New versions of software have all sorts of magical tools that can dramatically cut down the time you spend on tedious admin. Staff will be able to communicate and work on files wherever they are, and all your systems and teams will be able to work together in harmony.

Contact us today to find out how a managed hardware replacement plan can stop your business ever ending up in this position.