April 8, 2014 marks the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003. We're sure you have questions.
What does "End of Support" actually mean?
After April 8, 2014 there will be no more updates or support for Windows XP and Office 2003. These products were released over 10 years ago, and have had free updates over that decade. Microsoft will no longer continue to release these updates, but even if they did, these products were designed for a different era of technology and are now impractical for a modern business. Along with that, the opportunities technology offers your business have changed—for the better! Newer products are designed to take advantage of the massive growth of the Internet and mobility to offer great new ways to work, reach more customers, and grow faster. It's this combination of risk and opportunity that make it the right time to move off Windows XP.
How can "End of Support" affect my business?
We won't sugarcoat it: If you are running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, you are putting your business at risk—and please don't believe anyone who claims that quick fixes can replace a critical OS update. There are genuine and important issues you should be aware of:
Without critical updates, your PC will be susceptible to attacks that take advantage of vulnerabilities. These attacks not only cause downtime but can also put your customers' information or your own business data at risk.
Most software and hardware vendors will no longer support products that are running on Windows XP, as they are unable to get Windows XP and Office 2003 updates.
The risks of system failure and business disruption could increase because of the End of Support, lack of supported software, and aging hardware running Windows XP. Even a system running an updated anti-virus or modern browser is not safe from potential issues that may cause downtime.
What is the next step?
If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, do not wait until it is too late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment.
If you already have a migration plan in place, or have migrated recently you are ahead of the wave. The question then is - do you have a plan in place to train your staff?
How can Springhouse assist with this process?
A migration of this magnitude can be a daunting task. From deciding between Windows 7 or Windows 8, Office 2013 vs. Office 365, to planning for the training of your staff sometimes it is hard to know where to begin. Having just celebrated our 25th year of business you can rest assured that Springhouse has the knowledge & experience to be your trusted advisor throughout this process.
Springhouse is here to help your organization complete this transition on time and most importantly, on budget.
If you already have a complete migration plan in place, our award winning staff of trainers can turn your staff into experts on the new software. Our Innovation Learning Model will allow us to tailor our training to meet your specific needs. The model includes baseline skill assessment and custom training plan development. Training is available through a variety of methods; either in our state of the art classrooms located at our corporate headquarters in Exton or our office in Center City, on location, or via remote connection.