Val Wilson, Vuzion Partner Account Manager writes …
Following the announcement from Microsoft of end of support for Windows 7 and Office 2010 from 14 January 2020 and 13 October 2020 respectively, there will be many businesses and organisations looking for where next to move their technology.
So, this is a great opportunity for partner resellers to promote migration to the cloud!
There will also be many businesses unaware of the impending end of support, or what it will mean - that while the software itself will still work, the products will no longer receive Microsoft support or updates - and that, crucially, the risk to business is appreciable, particularly in the event of a new security vulnerability being discovered, or even if the software is required to integrate with a new application.
Hearing news of the end of support for Windows 7 and Office 2010 may come as a ‘déjà vu’ moment for many businesses, as ending software support has been recurring on a regular basis since the 1980s, with an average seven-year IT refresh cycle.
This is, therefore, a great chance to promote the evergreen nature of cloud, with updates automatic, and technical support provided for as long as a business is subscribed - as well as to highlight the other benefits of a move to the cloud - such as:
- Access via multiple devices
- Better document management and opportunity for collaboration across the business
- Moving from CAPEX to OPEX for IT spend, and being able to react flexibly to changes in the size of the workforce
- The IT department having everyone use the same operating systems and office productivity software.
Moving to the cloud - a strategic decision
For many organisations, a move to the cloud will be the result of a strategic decision, and may require considerable debate and discussion within the business.
So, it’s worth pointing out that the future for boxed software is that it will in the long-term disappear. Vendors find it expensive to maintain various versions - and the businesses themselves will find that their users won’t want to be on the back-foot, having to cope with old-fashioned, legacy software.
It’s worth remembering too that for businesses with Windows 8 and Office 2013, the technology clock is ticking for them, with end of support for both coming in 2023.
Wayne Hollomby, Vuzion Solutions Architect, says...
"Increasing numbers of businesses are moving to embrace the ‘modern workplace’, where open, collaborative working unrestricted by location is improving productivity and efficiency.
"Cloud solutions enable this move, incorporating productivity enhancing applications along with security features that give protection far in advance of what’s available on-premises - as well as removing the risk to businesses resulting from using outdated software.
"End of support for Windows 7 and Office 2010 represents a great opportunity for partner resellers to be able to support businesses, and enable them to experience the benefits of cloud."