eMazzanti Answers "What Next?" as XP Era Closes

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As the XP era comes to a close, eMazzanti Technologies, a computer consultant and IT provider in the Hoboken, NJ and NYC area, identifies the road ahead and why it’s important for businesses to move on.

...all of our favorite things eventually wear out and need to be replaced. The same is true of computer operating systems

eMazzanti Technologies, an IT support and network consulting firm, has published an article about the close of the Microsoft XP operating system era.

"At one time or another, we've all have had that worn out, but oh-so-comfortable pair of shoes we find hard to get rid of,” notes Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. “Or, that over-stuffed chair with the protruding springs. However, all of our favorite things eventually wear out and need to be replaced. The same is true of computer operating systems.”

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If a company doesn't regularly upgrade business software, it can inevitably pay a steep price in the form of escalating maintenance, support costs, slowed performance, lower productivity, and dangerous virus- and other security-related issues. As an additional motivation for moving to a new OS, Microsoft will soon stop support of the 13-year old software.

The XP era draws to a close
Microsoft will stop supporting the popular third-generation operating system technology on April 8, 2014, spelling an end to updates, fixes and other related services. These are only a few of the drawbacks to hanging on. Others include:

  • Missing out on powerful new features included with such programs as Windows 7, Windows 8 and Office 365
  • Wasting exponentially higher amounts of time and money on custom Microsoft or third-party service and support for a system that doesn't enable companies to perform jobs faster, easier or better than its replacement
  • Leaving aging, un-patched systems at the mercy of opportunistic hackers conspiring to bring business down for fun or profit

"If it’s any consolation, you’re in good company," says Mazzanti. "Windows XP is currently running on about 38 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion computers and remains the world’s second most popular operating system according to Microsoft."

Security above all else

Maximized security is arguably the primary reason why regular business software updates are so important. While 100 percent fail safe security remains ever-elusive, routine maintenance and, more importantly, system updates enable business owners and administrators to stay ahead of cyber-attacks. Also, software and anti-virus program developers try to anticipate current and future threats, therefore incorporating defense mechanisms that outdated software solutions lack.

If giant business entities can be hacked, without proper safeguards, any smaller-sized business can be hacked just as easily. Businesses are wise to take full advantage of regular updates and patches from Microsoft® and other software companies, and to explore what system requirements must be in place when developers announce upgrades and entirely new software programs.

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About eMazzanti Technologies

eMazzanti Technologies’ team of trained, certified experts provide 24x7 outsourced IT support to help ensure business productivity, address challenges of growth, cloud computing, mobility, critical business continuity and disaster recovery demands. The consultancy has special expertise in manufacturing, distribution, retail, financial, architectural, engineering, construction, government, educational, legal services, accounting, marketing communications, and healthcare market segments, while maintaining high customer satisfaction levels. Flexible support plans range from fixed-fee, around-the-clock network management where eMazzanti functions as an extension of a businesses’ IT staff to a custom-solution provided on an as-needed basis. eMazzanti serves the Hoboken, NJ and NYC area markets as well as regional, national and international business support requirements. The IT firm is Microsoft's 2012 Partner of the Year and on-going Gold Partner, Microsoft Northeast Region Partner of the Year, a four-time recipient of WatchGuard's Partner of the Year and has achieved the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year in a row. Download the free article: How to Select an IT Provider. More than 400 companies trust their IT support needs to eMazzanti Technologies. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net. Twitter: @emazzanti, Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.

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