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State of the Art…in 1908!

The Windows XP computer you bought in late 2001 still seems to work fine. Sure, it takes 15 minutes to fully boot up in the morning, but that’s ok. It gives you time to get a cup of coffee! And your Office 2003 programs are still functional even though they lack the advanced features of more current versions. Why think about upgrading?

If these performance issues aren’t enough to give you pause, consider this. It’s true that, unlike the vehicle sitting in your driveway right now, your IT assets are not going to eventually rust out and fall apart. However, continuing advancements in computer technology will, at some point in time, transform your hardware and software from an asset to a liability, especially in the area of security. And when it comes to keeping your data and your network safe, you don’t really want to be penny wise and pound foolish.

Do you?

Staying current with technology is an ongoing challenge all of us face. More importantly, absent these very clear indicators that upgrades are in order, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? That’s the question we will attempt to answer at Simplex-IT’s next free Lunchinar: “When Do You Know Your IT is Obsolete?” Whether you’re a business owner or IT pro, you will want to be part of this conversation.

Simplex-IT’s popular monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. And, as a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of valuable software (courtesy of our partner, Microsoft). Free food AND free software – how awesome is that?

Where: Stow Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive, off Route 8 at Steels Corners Road
When: Wednesday, October 15,, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours email John@Simplex-IT.com, call 234.380.1277 or go to http://www.oldit.eventbrite.com. Come join the fun!

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact us at the above numbers and we’ll send the details on how you can connect.

I recently ran across this article that seeks to quantify how outdated technology detracts from a business’s profitability and competitiveness. Anecdotally, if one draws a dramatically different enough comparison we can, of course, assume the answer. For example, if Business A is still using a typewriter for all its correspondence and Company B utilizes a Word Processing program on a modern PC, which would be the most productive? Duh! Company B! But this is the first time I’ve seen a survey that actually attempts to quantify the differences.

Note, as does the author, the two research studies cited were commissioned by Microsoft and Intel, both of whom have a vested interest in having you purchase new technology. That said, the results made sense and were not all that surprising.

Since Simplex-IT’s free Lunchinar this month (November 22, 2013) addresses this very same issue, (When Do You Know Your IT is Obsolete?) I felt it would be appropriate to share the results of this article and the research it covers. To get all the details, go to http://zd.net/1apot3i.

Then make reservations for our Free Lunchinar! Go to http://bizblog.simplex-it.com/3248/youre-invited-to-a-free-lunchinar-when-do-you-know-your-it-is-obsolete/ to place your RSVP!

State of the Art…in 1908!

The Windows XP computer you bought in late 2001 still seems to work fine. Sure, it takes 15 minutes to fully boot up in the morning, but that’s ok. It gives you time to get a cup of coffee! And your Office 2003 programs are still functional even though they lack the advanced features of more current versions. Why think about upgrading?

If these performance issues aren’t enough to give you pause, consider this. On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will officially discontinue support for Windows XP and Office 2003. This has important ramifications because as new security vulnerabilities are discovered past that date, they will no longer receive patches. This could mean big problems for organizations of any size.

Staying current with technology is an ongoing challenge. More importantly, the primary question is how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? That’s the question we will attempt to answer at Simplex-IT’s next free Lunchinar: “When Do You Know Your IT is Obsolete?” Whether you’re a business owner or IT pro, you will want to be part of this conversation.

Simplex-IT’s popular monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. And, as a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that?

As always, there will be plenty of time for questions.

Where: Hattie’s Café, 164 N. Main Street, Hudson
When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 11:30am-1:00pm

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours email John@Simplex-IT.com, call 234.380.1277 or go to http://obsolete.eventbrite.com.  Come join the fun!

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact us at the above numbers and we’ll send the details on how you can connect.