It was a simple lesson most of us learned as kids, don’t take something if it’s not yours. It’s a solid lesson and especially true in the world of software.  It may seem like a way to save a bit of money, after all, you’re only using one program and you don’t need the full package.  The problem with this, aside from the legal and ethical issues is that it leaves you vulnerable to security risks. If you don’t have the licensed version, then you are missing out on all of the updates that the software providers send out. These updates don’t just include new features for the program itself, they also include fixes to security holes and protections against new vulnerabilities that are regularly being discovered. The longer you continue to use outdated software, the more vulnerable you are becoming. Putting your business IT infrastructure at risk to save a couple hundred bucks is just not worth it. Plus software companies now have options available in order to ensure that small companies have the latest updates by offering a pay as you go subscription so you only have to pay for it when you need it most.

A perfect example of this model is Microsoft Office 365.  Where you used to pay hundreds of dollars to have the most current version, you now get access to dozens of applications for a low monthly subscription. Even better, as long as you’re paying the monthly fee, you get access to all the latest features and new developments that Microsoft rolls out to the platform.  This helps your team stay current and improves productivity.

Tier 3 I.T. Solutions has helped hundreds of businesses throughout the Edmonton area leverage the power of Microsoft Office 365 and other cloud based applications. Our team of cloud technology experts can help you assess your options and help you find the best solution for your business.  If you’re ready to talk about cloud options please reach out to our team.