10 Reasons You Need To Start YourWindows 7 Project Today  Eden Technologies’Carpe Windows 7 Series
❿ THE XP SUPPORT DEADLINE IS CLOSER  THAN YOU THINKSupport for Windows XP expires on April 8, 2014–that’s less than 19 mon...
❾ XP ISN’T THE ONLY THING YOU’RE LOSINGIn addition to XP, come April 2014 Microsoft willalso cut support for a host of bus...
❽ DID WE MENTION EXCHANGE?Microsoft will also be pulling the plug on Exchange2003 in 2014.   Failing to upgrade to Exchan...
❼ SUPPORT IS ENDING FOR YOUR OTHER  BUSINESS-CRITICAL APPLICATIONSMany independent software vendors (ISVs) haveor will soo...
❻ DON’T FORGET YOUR CUSTOM APPLICATIONSCustom applications relying on a Microsoftapplication that isn’t supported in Windo...
❺ HARDWARE WILL BE IMPACTEDMany PC OEMs (Original EquipmentManufacturers) have or will stop developingdrivers for XP on ne...
❹ COMPLIANCE FAILURES!Failing to Migrate to Windows 7 before April 2014will leave you unsupported, unpatched, and out ofco...
❸ ANTI-VIRUS IS NOT ENOUGHIf you fail to upgrade to Windows 7 before the endof support, anti-virus WILL NOT be enough to k...
❷ YOUR MIGRATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY– NOT A  BURDEN WITH PROPER PLANNING AND EXECUTION, YOUR MIGRATION CAN BE A SPRINGBOARD ...
❶ EDEN IS MAKING IT EASIER THAN EVER TO GET  YOUR MIGRATION STARTED AT NO COST    EDEN IS CURRENTLY OFFERING FREE EXECUTI...
ABOUT EDEN TECHNOLOGIESEden Technologies is the northeast region’s premiere U.S.-based, enterprise-level IT consultingand ...
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Although the move to Windows 7 is daunting, your migration is necessary to the continued security and enhancement of your entire organization. Here are 10 Reasons You Need To Start Your Migration Today.

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10 Reasons You Need To Start Your Migration Today

  1. 1. 10 Reasons You Need To Start YourWindows 7 Project Today Eden Technologies’Carpe Windows 7 Series
  2. 2. ❿ THE XP SUPPORT DEADLINE IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINKSupport for Windows XP expires on April 8, 2014–that’s less than 19 months from now. Gartner reports that the average Windows 7 migration takes between 12-18 months. You cannot delay your Windows 7 migration any longer without risking a support lapse. Lost support means no security updates, hotfix patches, design updates, or online technical content updates. 2
  3. 3. ❾ XP ISN’T THE ONLY THING YOU’RE LOSINGIn addition to XP, come April 2014 Microsoft willalso cut support for a host of business-criticalapplications including: Microsoft Product Lifecycle Chart Products Released Mainstream Extended Internet Explorer 6 and 7 Support Ended Support Ends Access 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Exchange 2003 Excel 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Exchange Server 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Office 2003 Enterprise Edition Exchange Server 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 SQL Server 2003 Standard Edition InfoPath 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Office 2003 Web 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Components Many others… Office Professional 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Edition 2003 OneNote 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Outlook 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 PowerPoint 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 SharePoint Portal Server 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 2003 Virtual PC 2004 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Visio Professional 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 Word 2003 04/14/2009 04/08/2014 3
  4. 4. ❽ DID WE MENTION EXCHANGE?Microsoft will also be pulling the plug on Exchange2003 in 2014. Failing to upgrade to Exchange 2010 presents functionality issues-- while it is possible to run Outlook 2010 with Exchange 2003, it’s not optimal (especially if you rely on calendaring and scheduling). While compromised functionality is not ideal, you can’t afford the risks associated with an unsupported and unpatched Exchange Server. Your Exchange upgrade should be considered part of your Windows 7 upgrade– doing both projects in tandem improves efficiency, and in order to migrate both in time you need to be on your way. 4
  5. 5. ❼ SUPPORT IS ENDING FOR YOUR OTHER BUSINESS-CRITICAL APPLICATIONSMany independent software vendors (ISVs) haveor will soon stop supporting Windows XP versionsof their software. Independent vendors want to support as few application versions as possible, so they are already phasing out XP. They also want you to pay money to upgrade to new (and improved) product editions, so this is their way of forcing your hand. This will impact new application versions and service pack releases. If you rely on ISVs for daily operations, you will have to upgrade to Windows 7 to retain functionality and support. 5
  6. 6. ❻ DON’T FORGET YOUR CUSTOM APPLICATIONSCustom applications relying on a Microsoftapplication that isn’t supported in Windows 7 willneed to be addressed. Evaluate your custom applications and identify what each application consists of (on the front and back end). If you are using a custom application that relies on Internet Explorer 6 or 7 or SQL Server 2003, for example, you will have to upgrade to the newest application versions and test for functionality (or if possible an off the shelf solution). 6
  7. 7. ❺ HARDWARE WILL BE IMPACTEDMany PC OEMs (Original EquipmentManufacturers) have or will stop developingdrivers for XP on new machines. Failing to upgrade to Windows 7 will stifle hardware improvements and hardware innovation. Even if you can get XP installed on a new desktop you may have issues with the video, USB drives, audio, etc. - Intel has already announced they will not be supporting Windows XP for new chipsets and eliminating BIOS from designs. 7
  8. 8. ❹ COMPLIANCE FAILURES!Failing to Migrate to Windows 7 before April 2014will leave you unsupported, unpatched, and out ofcompliance. PCI, SOX, HIPAA and GLBA auditors require up-to-date patching for compliance. Non-compliance can carry very steep penalties - Costly penalties of up to $1 million for SOX non-compliance - Up to $100,00 0 per month and expensive transaction fees for PCI non-compliance If you’re not already on the way, you’re at risk. 8
  9. 9. ❸ ANTI-VIRUS IS NOT ENOUGHIf you fail to upgrade to Windows 7 before the endof support, anti-virus WILL NOT be enough to keepyour organization safe. Think of anti-virus as your IT department’s motion detector– patching is your IT department’s locks and alarm. CONSIDER THIS: 90% of security breaches are the result of a software vulnerability that is caused by a missing patch that the IT department knows about, according to a study done by the FBI and Carnegie Mellon 9
  10. 10. ❷ YOUR MIGRATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY– NOT A BURDEN WITH PROPER PLANNING AND EXECUTION, YOUR MIGRATION CAN BE A SPRINGBOARD INTO THE NEXT GENERATION OF DESKTOP MANAGEMENT.  While your Windows 7 project will be an exhaustive effort, it is also an opportunity to securely manage your IT environment.  Leverage the transparency that your migration offers you into your: - Applications - Assets - Data  The longer you delay your Windows 7 project, the less time you’ll have to seize other related benefits associated with your migration. 10
  11. 11. ❶ EDEN IS MAKING IT EASIER THAN EVER TO GET YOUR MIGRATION STARTED AT NO COST  EDEN IS CURRENTLY OFFERING FREE EXECUTIVE BRIEFINGS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO HELP YOU GET YOUR MIGRATION OFF THE GROUND.  SEIZE YOUR EXECUTIVE BRIEFING WITH EDEN’S FOUNDING PARTNERS AND IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES, EDEN WILL: - Conduct a customized readiness assessment, asking you the questions you need answered before getting started with your project. - Offer a personalized project roadmap based on your specific needs and organization requirements that will help you meet your project goals. - Show you how to turn your Windows 7 migration into application, asset (think mobility and BYOD) and data management. TO SET UP YOUR FREE EXECUTIVE BRIEIFNG WITH EDEN’S FOUNDING PARTNERS CALL US TODAY AT (212) 273-3266 OR EMAIL DDILLON@EDENTECHNOLOGIES.COM WWW.EDENTECHNOLOGIES.COM/CARPE-WINDOWS-7.HTML 11
  12. 12. ABOUT EDEN TECHNOLOGIESEden Technologies is the northeast region’s premiere U.S.-based, enterprise-level IT consultingand managed services provider. With 10 years’ experience, over 300,000 desktops deployed and2,000 endpoints under management, Eden stands as the company of choice for over 300organizations, in a wide range of industries including legal services, financial services,manufacturing and health care.For IT professionals facing a Windows 7 migration, Eden has developed fixed-priced, fixed-scopeWindows 7 migration “packages” that are easy to purchase and quick to deploy, with no-nonsense results and ROI. With more than 17 flexible offerings, Eden provides fast, efficient, just-where-you-need-it help. More information is available at http://www.edentechnologies.com/it-consulting/windows-7.html. 12

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