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Everything you need to know about IT and technology

Written by Emily Gam
on September 14, 2016

We’re always being told to upgrade to the latest and greatest technology, only recently Apple announced the new iPhone 7 which has consumers up in arms about the lack of a headphone jack, meaning you’ll have to go out and buy an expensive pair of Bluetooth headphones (which Apple conveniently sell). Or if you prefer you could purchase the new exploding Samsung Note, which now isn’t allowed on planes.

These examples highlight how it’s not always the best answer to rush into new products but there is something to be said for making sure you don’t have outdated and unsupported technology.  Upgrading your technology isn’t about having the shiniest gadget just for the sake of it, it’s about making sure your business is secure and productive and getting the most out of its IT environment.

Here are 3 reasons you should update or upgrade your current technologies:

  1. Vulnerability to virus or malware

Using old technology opens up your business to massive risks, either from security holes that aren’t being fixed, or the risk of software crashing and losing data because of incompatibility. 

Software is continuously being updated to fix security problems or vulnerabilities that malware or a virus could exploit. Having old software in your business could mean you’re an easy target for a hacker looking for a way in.

Apple just released a major update for all iPhones after a piece of malware was discovered with the ability to hack every iPhone in the world.

  1. No support

Not only does using obsolete technology stop you from receiving the latest updates, it means other vendors can’t support their software that you are running on old technology. For example, MYOB won’t offer support if you’re running their software on Windows Server 2008r2 as they can’t guarantee their updates will be compatible.

If something goes wrong you’re on your own.

The following are ending support this year:

  • Windows 7 (all versions)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (all versions)
  • Windows Server 2008r2 (all versions)
  • Small Business Server 2011 (SBS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008r2
  1. Decreased productivity and lost revenue

As your software and hardware get older they get slower, and harder to use. The harder they are to use the slower staff can perform their duties and the faster you lose money.

It also means your business isn’t utilising the best technology and staff may be struggling to use slow and frustrating software that is sapping productivity and causing mistakes. Technology should allow your business to become more efficient and make processes easier, not slow everything down and cause massive headaches.

Productivity is one of the biggest silent killers of a business's revenue as sometimes it can be hard to spot. If your staff are having to sit around and twiddle their thumbs because they can’t login or are waiting for updates your business is quite literally pouring money down the drain. Seriously, we’ve done the math!

So what are you waiting for? Not upgrading doesn’t just mean you don’t have the latest shiny toy, it could be creating an element of risk in your business and killing productivity.

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