Many organizations of all sizes around the globe use old, out-of-date or unsupported versions of software. The use of such software results in negative effects on the businesses. For better functioning and earning a good reputation in today’s highly competitive global market, the organizations must start using the latest technology and up-to-date software. Productivity decreases with the use of obsolete software. In fact, such software does not seem a bit beneficial from any point for the organizations. So, just the need is to “update” if better productivity and positive results are targets of the business.
Possible reasons why outdated or obsolete software continues to be used in the organizations (small, medium or large) are:
Ignorance: Not aware that the new software version has been launched.
Inertia: Not got around to applying the patch because the software is just a tool for the businesses and the skills required to apply patches are missing.
Cost: The application of the patches requires additional costs e.g. a service contract, new or updated hardware, new licenses, training, etc.
Incompatibility: Once one application or software is patched, it has a ripple effect which results in other applications requiring update, etc.
Time: The application or software requires testing before being released. But, this requires efforts to be taken from elsewhere within the business which reduces business revenue. And there isn’t any hardware available to have a standalone test system.
Scale: The number of instances of the applications required to be updated takes so long that business must support multiple versions concurrently.
What are the risks of using outdated software or technology?
The top risks of using out-of-date software in the organizations are:
- Crashes and system downtime cost you time spent fixing IT issues that could be spent focused on your business.
- Crashes and system downtime cost you money spent fixing IT issues that could be invested in your business.
- Employee productivity declines when staff members cannot complete their business tasks because out hardware and software issues.
- Outdated software leaves you more vulnerable to malicious attacks.
- Auditors can find companies that do not upgrade unsupported software.
In simple terms, obsolete or out-of-date software means unsecured software. So, all the organizations globally must switch to the latest software versions or technology from the security point of view.