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Software updates. They can be a frustrating part of using technology but they carry more importance than you think. Read on to learn why you should be continuously updating your software and discover an easier way to get the job done.

The importance of software updates

Efficiency

Software updates often address flaws in order to provide a better, more efficient user experience. Most likely, employees will find that they are able to complete tasks quicker with the newest version of a software, saving the company time and money.

Security

While software updates are often issued to deploy new features, they serve another important role. The longer a software is on the market, the more time hackers have to find and exploit vulnerabilities. Updates provide protection against these attacks, patching up the vulnerabilities that are discovered after release. Installing updates will ensure you’re using the safest and most functional version of the software possible.

Support

Oftentimes, developers won’t offer support for outdated or old versions of their software.

Cost

Maintaining outdated software costs money. As software gets older, it will inevitably fail resulting in lost productivity and unnecessary strain on your IT team. These issues are often resolved when the software is updated.

The problem? Software updates take time

A study performed by the University of California Irvine found that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on track after an interruption. When performed during the workday, a software update can be quite the interruption. It forces the employee to pause whatever task they are working on, perform the update and any reboots necessary and then try and refocus on their task.

The solution? Hire an MSP

A managed service provider conducts regular maintenance on your network and systems (servers, desktops and mobile devices) including installing updates. Often, an MSP is able to perform these updates outside of regular business hours or on the backend so they result in absolutely no disruptions or lost efficiencies.

Learn about Warwick’s managed services and never worry about an update disrupting employee workflow again. Call us to speak to an expert about your options.

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