An MSP company must retain cutting-edge technological viability for reasons of competitive capability, as well as operational flexibility. The latest solutions reduce operational expenses while increasing operational ability. Certainly, new problems arise, but they’re balanced by solutions to old issues. Unfortunately, the larger a business is, the more complex and difficult upgrading. You need to plan for this— and that means understanding EOL.
What is Windows 7 EOL?
EOL stands for End Of Life. Operating systems have a shelf life, after which they become less than viable. You’ve got to upgrade, but it can be difficult. Following, we’ll go over a few tactics worth putting into practice as you go about switching to new Windows OS software:
- Let clients know what’s going on
- Consider incorporating cloud solutions
- Be sure your personnel are properly trained
Let Clients Know What’s Going On
An MSP company that’s switching from Windows 7 is going to have a few changes pertaining to interface at varying operational levels. Take stock of what those changes will be and inform your clients in advance. You can use these notifications as advertisement opportunities. Essentially, you’ve got a legitimate excuse to email not only your entire clientele, but prospective clients, pertaining to the shift.
Consider Incorporation of Cloud Solutions
Cloud computing solutions can make it so that a small to medium-sized business has the capability to contend with enterprise-level operations owing to increased computational capability at a reduced cost. Cloud solutions won’t require you contend with EOL issues in a way that totally impacts operational infrastructure. Instead, when some new upgrade is necessary, those managing the cloud will institute the latest software changes.
Be Sure Your Personnel are Properly Trained
Just because you’ve switched to the next iteration of Windows doesn’t mean you’re done using Windows 7. EOL essentially means Microsoft is no longer providing support or patch upgrades when hacking transpires, but it doesn’t mean the software is utterly defunct— it’s just more vulnerable and less protected. You’re going to have to reference it every now and again after the fact.
Personnel who are new, and only familiar with upgraded systems, will yet need to interface with older software. Likewise, those who were used to Windows 7 will need to be prepared to handle the new software options when they become available. In general, it makes sense to have regular training refreshers pertaining to operational technology and its best use. This way, even when you’re not totally changing the OS of your infrastructure, you’ll still have personnel who are ahead of the game.
Upgrading to Windows 7 with the Least Possible Difficulty
An MSP company needs to plan for the future— and that means putting contingencies in place for when a given OS requires upgrade. Prepare personnel, consider cloud options, and let your clientele know of the coming changes. These things should help you most effectively make the shift.