Operating systems sometime get overlooked by IT managers, especially in small businesses that aren’t as reliant upon technology for general operations. This is especially true when it comes to desktop computers, which some employees might be lulled into believing will operate for years without ever needing an overhaul.
However, failing to update the operating system, especially when it has become antiquated, can lead to security, support, and productivity issues. Microsoft announced late last year that it will no longer be supporting Windows XP, which should be a major wake-up call for the average business owner.
According to ZDNet, between 20.5 percent and 31.42 percent of businesses are powered by XP worldwide, which means a lot of companies will need to prepare to make the migration to new operating systems before the cutoff date of of April 8, 2014.
An infographic from Storagecraft indicated that many companies are already starting to take the necessary steps, with 49 percent planning to upgrade to Windows 7. A further 7 percent have listed plans to upgrade all the way to Windows 8 or 8.1 before Microsoft terminates its support of XP.
As for impediments standing in the way of successful completion of the migration, more than half of IT employees believe that budgetary constraints are the biggest issues. Additionally, 31 percent stated that they did not have the right resources in place and 39 percent cited a lack of time.
While some firms might be thinking about rolling the dice and simply sticking with XP past April 8, this is a risky maneuver, as the operating system will not be patched and thus will be more susceptible to breaches and attacks. Small business owners should get on the ball and make the necessary changes as soon as possible.