If you’re trying to not think about the end-of-life for Windows XP, you’re not alone. According to NetMarketShare.com, 37% of desktop operating systems on the Internet are still running XP. That’s a huge share considering Windows XP’s EOL is right around the corner.
It won’t be long before most health care providers become non-compliant with HIPPA regulations. Not long before Federal regulators will begin hitting banks with non-compliance ratings. All because Microsoft will no longer be releasing security patches or rolling out Antivirus for Windows XP after April 2014.
Don’t expect the expenses to be nine months away, however. Considering a recent IDC report*, companies running Windows XP are spending as much as 5 times more to support their older systems than if they just upgrade to Windows 7. According to the report, the annual support cost of a Windows XP system is $870 per PC, compared to $168 for a Windows 7 unit. In many cases, that’s more than the cost of a new PC.
Of course, we all know that cost isn’t everything. You have to consider the time it will take your staff to learn a new OS. Windows 7 is close enough to Windows XP from a usability standpoint that hopefully that won’t be too much of an issue. If you’re making the jump to Windows 8, there could be more of a learning curve, but when you use the Desktop feature of Windows 8, it’s not much of one, either.
The best advice we can give is simply this: don’t wait until the last minute, this will take planning.
Figure out what, if any, of your current systems can be upgraded.
Calculate the number of new systems you’ll need to purchase.
Plan out the software that will be involved, and finally;
How you’re going to migrate your users to the new systems, all while keeping your efficiency as high as possible.
Once you have your plan, you should know how much you’ll need for capital expenditures and how long it will take to implement before the April 2014 deadline. Then, you can start worrying about replacing your Windows 2003 servers before the end of support in July 2015.
SomethingCool.com provides managed services to companies throughout the midwest, including planning, sales, integration and management. Contact us today to find out how we can help with your transition from Windows XP.