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We Have Room For You On Our Ark

Firstly, don’t panic

it’s not too late and thankfully the cost of saving the integrity of your business’s data, migration, hardware, software and transfer is not as much as you think.

Given the scope of the task, we recommend that you nominate/delegate one person in your organisation to mediate with the IT service/solution provider and follow the steps below to understand how big your problem could be.

  1. Perform an audit of all your computers, servers and determine the complexity of the problem.
  2. For each affected computer.
    • Check to see if they are compatible with Windows 7
    • Decide whether it may be time to buy a new computer
    • Perform an inventory of all the software you use
    • For each software
      • Identify the software you need and don’t. You may find that some software packages may NOT be used anymore BUT you are still being billed for the licenses.
      • Check to see whether it will run under Windows 7 or Windows 8
      • If not, is there an alternative, start to investigate
    • For each piece of hardware
      • Is it still supported under Windows 7 or Windows 8?
      • If not, is there an alternative, start to investigate
  3. Itemise every problem you are experiencing with your current IT infrastructure
  4. Determine what the new solution needs to achieve and bring to your business.

Once you have an outline of your needs and requirements, we can then prepare a plan for you to safely migrate to your chosen solution.

Is Moving to Windows 7 Expensive?

No! A study by IDC shows that savings in user performance improvements and reduced user downtime contribute to a faster return on investment. Windows 7 Professional is also easier to manage from an IT standpoint, which can lead to additional savings. Balance this out against not migrating and having to spend more on support, software and security, it is a no brainier in the long run. Future proofing your IT infrastructure is a cost saving exercise in its own right.

Will I Have to Retrain My Employees?

Not as much as you think. Windows 7 is a lot different, however it is a very easy and simple learning curve and users will be able to quickly continue with little or no fuss.

The real issue is that it may be necessary to upgrade or change the specialist software within the organisation, as it may not be compatible with Windows 7. This is where more effort will be needed for retraining, however don’t worry the PC Surgeon is here to help.

As a standard part of our audit and report we will source and test other potential software packages and hardware for you, and help you retrain your staff. We aim to make this transition as simple and easy as possible with your needs at the heart of our solutions.

Do I Need to Buy New PC’s?

On completion of the PC Surgeon audit, we will advise you if you need to purchase new PC’s or any other hardware or software . As a SME we would advise you not to buy systems from companies such as Dell, HP or PC World and have them custom built. This is primarily because it is a policy of the larger companies to ONLY provide units with Windows 8 pre-installed.

Windows 8 is relatively new and not a mature Operating system yet and will require substantially more staff retraining and may not currently be fully compatible with your software or hardware. Also future upgrades and parts to branded PC’s can be very expensive and difficult to get hold of, as you can only use the manufactures branded parts and therefore becoming very expensive to maintain.

Hence we specialise in sourcing and building custom PC’s for SME’s, not only that we will also liaise with your software companies to ensure your PC’s are optimised for your business.

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