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Many Irish companies face Windows 7 cost and security shock

Dublin; 30th January 2019: Irish business has less than 12 months to upgrade from Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system to 10 or face potentially serious cost issues and security threats, according to a new report by Irish owned IT services company Auxilion.

Microsoft has announced that support for Windows 7 will end on 14 January 2020. Extended support will be available beyond this date but at a cost and with the price increasing each year. (1)

“If organisations haven’t upgraded by this time next year, then they face the cost of extended security support offered by Microsoft or leave themselves open to the risk of running an unsupported operating system with resulting security threats,” commented Martin Patterson, head of digital services, Auxilion.

Latest figures from analytics firm StatCounter finds that in Ireland nearly 30% of internet access was via Windows 7 in December 2018. (2)

“This percentage is likely to be significantly higher for corporate users as consumers have adopted Windows 10 much faster than business,” added Martin Patterson.

He said that many public sector organisations also face significant costs. Because of its stability, Windows 7 has been a favoured operating system across the public as well as private sectors. It has been reported that the UK Government had to pay Microsoft £5.5m (€6m) to support Windows XP for an additional year.

He said that for cost and security reasons, migration to Windows 10 is not something that should be put on the long finger.

“Depending on the size of the organisation, migration can take 12 months or longer.”

According to Gartner, average migration projects for large enterprise organisations with more than 500 seats have been taking 21 months in the US. (3)

The Auxilion Windows 10 migration guide also warns that organisations that are slow to react may face a capacity issue in the Irish IT support sector. “Businesses will have to take their place in the queue and those starting after mid-2019 will probably have to face the prospect of not having the project completed by 2020.”

“Depending on the size of the organisation, migration can take 12 months or longer”

The guide states, “Ireland has been quite slow to migrate to Windows 10 and there will likely be extreme resource constraints for projects starting in the latter part of this year and in 2020. The fact is that Ireland is already facing a skills shortage and the IT industry simply doesn’t have the capacity to meet a surge in demand from late migrators.”

“One of the reasons for the slow upgrade to Windows 10 is that Irish organisations remember the complexity in moving from Windows XP,” pointed out Patterson. “Software as well as hardware issues need to be addressed.

“These concerns are understandable but not insurmountable. Many businesses which took a structured, well planned approach to Windows 7 encountered very few problems. That will also be the case for Windows 10 if organisations begin the process early enough and chose the right partner to support them.”

However, the Auxilion guide has some good news for Irish organisations. It states that Windows 10 will be the last rather than the latest iteration of the operating system.

The guide states, “Instead of major new launches every five years or so, Windows 10 will be subject to regular updates and upgrades which can be managed by the user. Windows 10 therefore represents the last migration of this kind that businesses will have to undertake.

“Businesses don’t really have a choice when it comes to Windows 10 migration. The only question is when. Delay means additional cost and the risk of working with an unsupported operating system and outdated hardware.”

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1 Source: https://bit.ly/2Tlvlxh

2 Source: http://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/ireland

3Source: https://gtnr.it/2MgQdDy

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