With a grudging sigh, you click and let it upgrade in the background. Maybe now it will let you get some work done. Except instead of grabbing a competitive advantage by having the latest and greatest edition, you quickly discover it's given you the exact opposite. Your essential hardware no longer works, you've got errors all over the place, and that application no longer runs at all.
Your urgent upgrade was more of an instant downgrade.
Before you click that nagging upgrade button, consider the following:
Is the Upgrade Going to Work With Your Current Systems?
If your project management software no longer talks to your scheduling software, you've got a problem. It's reasonable to expect the upgrade to have gone through robust testing and bug fixes, but even the mega corporations are caught out in an instant.
Is Your Current Solution Still an Option?
Developers cease support of older software versions after a certain date. In these cases, continuing to use an outdated version leaves your system vulnerable, without patches and security updates. If your software is at the end of its cycle, you'll need to upgrade regardless. This, however, gives you the perfect opportunity to revise your selection and make some experienced decisions - upgrade or replace.
Will This Upgrade Benefit Your Business?
Some upgrades are purely cosmetic. They look great and the developers pitch them as the latest and greatest, but without additional innovation on offer, you're better to wait.
On the other hand, if the upgrade is going to have a positive effect on productivity, efficiency or customer satisfaction, definitely put it on your to-do list. Hold off for just a few moments though, while your IT technicians research any conflicts that might arise.
Being an early adopter isn't always the best idea. Sometimes you need to let your other software packages catch up, and compatibility issues will always be relevant. It's more important than ever before to take your time and research the upgrade to see how others have fared - before things come crashing down.
Call us at 715-255-0325 for a quick compatibility check before you click!
Speaking of upgrades, here are….
7 Reasons To Upgrade to Office 365 Today
1. The Whole Mac/Windows Drama Is Over
Office 365 brings with it a stack of benefits, but perhaps the most relieving is the in-built file compatibility across all platforms. No more converting (or corrupting) files back and forth, productivity black holes have essentially been eliminated.
2. It’s Always Ready to Go
Microsoft is so confident in their cloud-based software and data storage; they’re giving a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Work online, offline or mobile – the choice is yours.
3. Security Is Built In
A large part of Microsoft’s uptime certainty comes from their extremely robust security protocols. Office 365 offers enterprise-grade admin controls at your end, as well as government-grade security at their end for Office 365 Business customers.
4. Generous Data Allowances
Each user gets 1TB of cloud space for file storage, which can be shared at folder or file level.
5. Work Anywhere, Anytime
Previously, staff needed to establish a VPN or manage security concerns which made working off-site difficult and cumbersome. Office 365 has solved that problem and working from anywhere is now easy.
6. Integrated Across Devices
Calendar, email and contacts are all synced and updated across multiple devices: Laptop, desktop & mobile.
7. Upgrades for No Upfront Costs
Once upon a time, updating your Office version meant paying a small fortune and half a day downtime. Office 365 changes that, with no upfront cost or installation delay. You get each new version as they are released for as long as your subscription is current.
Ready to make the switch to Office 365? Give us a call today!