Avoid Devastating Consequences with OS Migration

Windows CE and Windows Mobile OS are at their end of life, with support ending in early 2020. However, many organizations are still using legacy devices and outdated operating systems to run their business. While the motivation to save capital is an understandable one, failing to upgrade can pose severe consequences to your business and may be costing you money, and you don’t even know it. There’s no better time than now to avoid these detriments to your organization and seize the benefits that upgraded mobile devices and operating systems can provide. The longer you wait, the more at risk you and your business will become.

What’s at Stake by Not Upgrading?

By continuing to run on outdated operating systems and devices, enterprises are taking huge risks. Non-compliance consequences and significant operational inefficiencies are just two of the various issues that come with legacy devices.

Device, System, and Enterprise Security Risks

As support has ended for Windows-based devices, enterprises using legacy devices are at risk for security issues and data breaches. With the end of support comes the end of regular security patches and updates. Without this protection, hackers can easily penetrate system security, leaving your company vulnerable to viruses, malware, and ransomware. This risk not only affects the devices, but also extends to their associated networks, allowing for data breaches deeper within your enterprise to occur. If your devices store your customers’ information, these security breaches can not only harm your enterprise, but also expose your customers’ sensitive information, including financial data. If your company falls victim to a data breach and your customers’ data is exposed, you run the risk of losing their business.

Non-Compliance Consequences and Fines

In addition to security risks, outdated operating systems may also bring non-compliance consequences and fines. Many industries have strict regulations and guidelines put in place to protect businesses and their partners. In some industries, storing information on unsecured devices could violate security and privacy safeguards and lead to non-compliance fines.

For example, Windows 7 devices are no longer receiving security patches and updates, something that Regulatory Acts, such as HIPAA, require when handling protected health information. Should an auditor find you’re using outdated systems, you could be subject to penalties and fines. If your organization does not implement corrective actions, such as an OS migration or technology refresh, more severe penalties and fines will occur, especially if a data breach exposes your customers’ data.

All of these penalties and fines can add up, exponentially increasing the cost of your inevitable OS migration and legacy device upgrade. It is wise to start the upgrade process as soon as possible to avoid these consequences and save your enterprise from potential financial headaches.

Significant Operational Inefficiency and Devices Coming to an End-of-Life

As devices, applications, and operating systems age, their risk running slowly or even completely failing increases. These are both catalysts of potentially enormous and catastrophic downtime for your organization. You’ll be left to deal with IT expenses for recovery, customer satisfaction issues and complaints, damage to brand reputation, lost sales, dips in productivity, overtime costs to compensate for downtime, as well as lowered turnover and employee morale. These issues far outweigh the comparably little time and money it would take to start your OS migration.

It’s safe to say that legacy devices and their operating systems don’t have the capabilities of new ones. While you could try to update your existing devices, old devices and operating systems don’t often work well with new software. If they don’t work together seamlessly, operational efficiency is lost, and the time and effort you took to update these devices would be wasted. New devices come with capabilities designed to improve efficiency; if your organization isn’t taking advantage of them, you’re not as efficient as you could be. It’s also highly likely that your older handheld device has been discontinued or is getting ready to be discontinued. This means if you will be adding new devices as your organization scales, or replacing devices as needed, you will be looking at devices that run a newer OS.

No Better Time to Upgrade Than Now

With so much at stake, and no upside to not upgrading your devices and operating system, it just makes sense to execute your operating system migration or technology refresh now. It may seem like a daunting task, especially for larger organizations. Resources, such as Peak Technologies, can help plan and execute your legacy device upgrade and OS migration. We can help with all aspects of planning — plotting timelines for the transition, app migration, cross-platform and conversion tools, as well as assembling, launching, and reviewing a pilot program. We can help you determine what devices are best for your organization and also provide device management services as you require them. Upgrading your mobile devices to a modern operating system should be a top priority of your enterprise as windows-based operating systems are at their end of life. While migration is not without its challenges, the benefits of updating are significant. Failing to upgrade can have severe consequences, including security and data breaches, non-compliance consequences and fines, and significant operational inefficiency. But fret not; Peak Technologies can help you plan and execute your operating system migration quickly and easily through several initiatives. If you’re ready to take your operations to the next level with improved security, compliance, and efficiency for your enterprise mobile devices, contact our team of experts at Peak Technologies today.



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