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With new applications and opportunities demanding new technologies and IT strategies, the digital world is changing and evolving by the day. Of course, with this development, there is widespread excitement over new and valuable opportunities for businesses and end-users alike to streamline, augment and optimize. However, rapid technology change also gives businesses much to think about as the learning curve becomes steeper and the pace of shifting operations becomes harder to keep up with.

As enterprises continue to forge ahead into the future defined by 5G, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and more, there are a few top considerations that should be managed carefully as they implement and plan for new and exciting changes.

Business Continuity

As quickly as new strategies and processes are introduced across the range of business verticals, the old and outdated are being just as quickly thrown out. For example, January 14, 2020, marks what is essentially the end of Windows 7 — and this end will come even sooner for those who have not implemented a recent security update.

While this software may seem long left behind, the truth is that it’s still very popular. Reports note that in 2019, 79 percent of organizations still had at least one Windows 7 system on their network. With no more updates or support being offered for this software iteration, many enterprises are facing a sudden need to revisit and revitalize their business frameworks, meaning that operations may be disrupted and value may be lost. Furthermore, events like these are likely to become more frequent as the pace of digital transformation quickens.

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