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If you are one of the many organisations that are still using MS Windows XP, hopefully with Support Package 3 (SP3), take into consideration that Microsoft will end the official support on 08 April 2014. This does not means that you are forced to upgrade or that your computer will not work after that date. End of support implies that Microsoft will no longer be producing software and security updates for Windows XP after April 2014, which might leave you at risk if new vulnerabilities are discovered.

An important issue to consider when upgrading the operating system is software compatibility for all your desktop applications. Some older ones might still work whereas other tools will require updating or upgrading, with their associated cost.

This may be a good opportunity to review your IT strategy and compare different options to replace your workstations, taking in consideration current trends and tools available. On the applications side, most of them work in multiple platforms or run in any browser, so you are no longer "locked-in" with a specific brand or vendor. Include in your analysis mobile and cloud based options. Consider also open source based alternatives, such as running a Linux based Operating System with free desktop office software, since these options have evolved from being only for techies to familiar graphic user friendly environments.
One word of caution, moving to a different platform from the one you are familiar might have some unexpected consequences, such as file format compatibility both from you historical archive and with files that you share with your business associates. It is recommended to perform tests before committing to a new technology or get technical assistance.

Apex Academic Technology offers specialized, platform-agnostic advice about desktop strategy as well as the capability to set up pilot environments to test and compare different solutions.

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The main driver for business decisions should be value and this should include those related to IT services. What is the difference between value and cost? Benefits! We could represent this through a simple equation:value cost

The benefits are very specific to each organization and that's why a specific solution could be an excellent choice for one company and a poor one for another, even if costs are the same.

The benefits can be difficult to quantify or translate to dollars, especially if they not relate directly to an increased profit as in the case of risk reductions. An example of this could be a business continuity plan based on an enterprise backup and archive system.

Another indirect benefit is related to service level. Do your technical support is available during your operation hours? If your business is active on weekends you cannot rely on a service that provides support from Monday to Friday only.

Consider also how well your service provider understands your business, especially if you have an agreement based on a fee per hour instead of fixed amounts associated to specific outcomes. An inexpensive by the hour service with limited knowledge of your business, could turn out to be a very expensive choice.

The cost is also a quantity that is not straightforward to compute. In our experience it is common to underestimate costs by considering only direct costs or up-front investments. Recurring cost can have a considerable impact, as well as indirect cost such as energy and space requirements. The addition of all related costs over time result in the "Total Cost of Ownership" which represent the real amount of resources consumed.
The recommended way is to perform a complete and comprehensive financial exercise of Net Present Value, where a three year horizon is adequate for IT investments.

At Apex Academic Technologies we have extensive experience in value based analysis to assist your organization in taking the best informed decision, whether your next project relates to a new Student Management System, the future Mobile strategy, decide between keeping your Data-Centre on premises or moving to a Cloud based infrastructure or implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach throughout your office.

Francisco Disilvestro

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apextek.com.au
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Training organizations require a robust and reliable information technology platform to efficiently manage and deliver its courses and training programs, while ensuring adequate levels of data security and integrity.

Handling these issues requires skilled resources and specialized tools which were affordable for medium to large organizations but cost-prohibitive for small players, leaving the latter at a disadvantage in today's competitive market.

Increased compliance and reporting requirements from government institutions impact even more small organizations, since the cost associated with the overhead required to handle those activities represent a higher proportion to total cost when compared to medium to large businesses.

Recent trends in technologies such as cloud computing and shared services have made accessible for small organizations powerful and advanced tools, essentially by eliminating the need for an up-front investment in infrastructure, where the company pays for the used resources as a variable cost. The efficient selection and use of these resources still requires skilled resources with both knowledge of technology and know-how of the training organizations processes.

It would be hard to achieve a profitable business case for an internal IT organization with all the required skills even for a medium size organization. This usually results in a less than optimal scenario with lower efficiency and increased risks. The viable option then is to have access to those skills just as needed, in a reliable and flexible manner.

At Apex Academic Technologies we specialize in the training industry, understanding the challenges and needs of the business, with an experienced team in IT strategy, operations and management. Our approach is to add value to your organization by providing the right expertise and services that you require.

Francisco Disilvestro
Director
apextek.com.au
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(03) 8692 0004

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