As of April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support the XP operating systems. What does that mean to those who currently have and use XP on a daily basis? The short answer is that on April 9th, 2014 a computer operating on XP is a computer that is now the figurative open gate to your business network. Basically unsupported means unsecured. There are no security measures that will protect your system if you are still operating the XP after the cutoff date of 4/8/14. This will compromise any transaction performed, violate regulatory statues, allow access to sensitive data such as personnel files, and is a gateway to your servers.
Just as we are preparing for this change, be aware that hackers are busy preparing as well. Our industry is preparing for a flood of viruses, malware, phishing programs, and hackers to compromise those who did not take the precautions and upgrade their system to Windows 7. Sadly, there will be those unprepared that will suffer untold issues as a result of not taking a few precautionary measures and a upgrade.
PSS Enterprises will be sending teams to our clients who are still operating on XP. We will be evaluating current applications, hardware, and peripherals that the user operates. We then run compatibility checks for the applications, hardware, and peripherals. After analysis, a course of action will be charted for the upgrade.
Please be aware that deployment is not and does not have to be expensive. Taking measurements now will offset those costs. Be aware there is no way to directly migrate from XP to Windows 7. However, PSS Enterprises uses an advanced migration tool to streamline and deploy the new operating system, making the transition a seamless as possible.
CALL OR EMAIL TODAY to begin your migration process. The industry standard for upgrading a system from XP to Vista to Win7 is about 12-18 months.
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The end of 2011 is close at hand, and gets closer every minute. PSS Enterprises wants to provide you with some last minute things to do for 2011 and help you prepare for 2012. Here is a quick list that should be done before celebrating the New Year!
Review insurance policies.
Often insurance policies are set up and then put to the side, forgotten, until something bad happens. Take some time to carefully review all your policies with your agent, so important questions that arise can be answered in plain English on the spot. Insurance isn’t the most exciting subject in the world, but making sure there is adequate coverage now could save a lot of money later. This is especially important if changes have taken place in your company during the past year that affects your liability. Be proactive, have a declarations page ready in a PDF and save it to the server, should any clients ask.
Review marketing campaigns.
The end of the year is a great time to take a look at which marketing efforts are driving business and which aren’t. Don’t hesitate to make changes if current efforts aren’t paying off. Keep in mind that a lot of ads will automatically renew, so there is an ad in your portfolio you don’t think is helping the business, you’ll want to make a change before committing to running it for another year.
Review all vendor contracts.
Take a close look at how much business is being done with each vendor. Are you getting the best rates based on how much work is being done together? Is the relationship mutually beneficial? If not, don’t be afraid to make a change. On the other hand, if you’re happy with your vendors, tell them! Let vendors know you want to create a great relationship with them. They’ll appreciate that you’re taking the time to make sure they’re happy in the relationship, too. Let them know you want to be their favorite customer.
Review all systems from top to bottom.
Carefully examine what’s working and what’s not. Decide where the problems are, and figure out what can be fixed. A system review can be an eye-opening experience –and users are surprised to find their work has fallen into habits that are hindering them from being more productive. PSS Enterprises has a comprehensive system review process that documents current technology uses and suggests what changes are necessary to provide a successful 2012.
Overhaul the website.
In the same way that retail stores move around their floor sets, make changes to the website to keep people coming back. Make sure all information is updated, and post any articles that have recently mentioned anything related to the industry. Set all homepages to www.dentonit.com, so help is just a click away when deciding to have the website updated!
Consider technology upgrades.
If you need new computers or a new phone system to help things run more smoothly, the end of the year is a great time to make those upgrades. A new computer, phone system or other technology upgrade can make a huge difference in the daily lives of employees by enabling them to spend less time attending to such problems as computer crashes or attending to voicemails and focus more attention on the things that really matter. PSS Enterprises offers training with all new technology upgrades!
Make 2012 a year to remember. Last but not least, make an appointment with the solutions specialists at PSS Enterprises to schedule a time for a certified expert to look at technology systems, telephony systems, or create a support structure for users. Just call 1-800-285-2448 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you!
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