Microsoft end Windows XP support
Are you one of the 40% of UK companies that is currently operating on Windows XP?
If so, have you started an upgrade project yet?
Microsoft will end support to Windows XP in April 2014 – no support means no patch updates for any new bugs, resulting in major security risks for companies who chose to hold onto XP, so the ramifications to business are big.
So, what do you need to consider?
- The security risk associated with holding onto XP after April 2014
- Some applications will not be compatible with newer operating systems
- The cost associated with the upgrade – particularly if your project has not been started already
- The ultimate decision on whether to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8, or whether desktop virtualisation is suitable for some users
- Downtime associated with employees getting to grips with the new OS
Due to the large number of projects, there are already signs of pressure on the skills market. Here at Langley James, our clients are telling us that they are currently lacking strong in-house skills around Windows 7 & 8 migrations from Project Managers to Post-Deployment Support.
The knock on effect of any skills shortage is the increase in daily rates demanded by the best and most experienced contractors and this is even encouraging lots of permanent IT staff looking to venture into the contract market to take advantage of these projects. The market is very buoyant and companies are having to make quick decisions from CV to offer – a delay in this process and candidates are going elsewhere. Getting the right person first time can prove difficult and this is where we can help.
Over the past 14 years, Langley James have specialised in providing top quality candidates to top quality companies. Our highly trained recruitment experts combine leading edge IT knowledge with a professionalism and dedication that is second to none. If this article has prompted you to take action and you want a personalised service that is super-efficient, please get in touch with us today.