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Expiration Dates are for Technology Too

Everyone knows that everything in the break room fridge needs to be replaced after a certain amount of time, but that’s not all that’s at your business that needs regular updates. The solutions you use every day will also need maintenance, for quite a few reasons.

While their offerings are quite different, there are actually quite a few similarities between a software developer and a food producer. Both offer something that many rely on in the modern world, and both put quite a few resources into improving what they have to offer. However, this is where the two begin to differ.

While a food producer may focus on things like taste and marketable nutritional content, a software developer is responsible for making other improvements. These improvements are usually directed towards the solution’s security, to fight the improvements that cyber criminals constantly make to their methods.

Improvements like these are why there are frequent updates available for your solutions. They are also why it is so important to implement these updates.

To explain why, we’ll return to the break room fridge for a moment. Let’s say that each of your employees keep a yogurt in the fridge. However, let’s say that these yogurts go uneaten, and are just left in the fridge to spoil. If your employees eat them anyways, there are likely going to be problems: employees could get sick and productivity will take a hit.

Now we’ll just replace the yogurt in that example with your software, the fridge with your network, and spoiling with becoming vulnerable to issues and threats. Your employees’ applications are kept on your network. If they were to become vulnerable to some threat or create some issue, your employees would not be able to do their jobs properly, resulting in a productivity deficiency.

What if someone was there to check for outdated yogurt/software and keep the contents of your fridge/network up-to-date? If this was the case, your employees wouldn’t have to worry about suddenly becoming vulnerable without realizing it.

Here at Directive, we keep an eye out for any updates that your business may require and install them so that they will cause minimal interruption to your day-to-day operations. While we can’t keep the contents of your break room refrigerator from expiring, we can maintain your software to preserve productivity.

Give us a call at 607.433.2200 to find out more.

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