The clock is ticking
Technology moves on and major upgrades are an inevitable part of life in IT. In July 2019, Microsoft will be ending support for SQL Server 2008 and then in Janaury 2020, Microsoft will also be ending support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7.
If your systems utilise these platforms, now is absolutely the time to begin planning for life post-2008.
Doing nothing is not an option
Allowing support to elapse, without a contingency plan in place, means accepting the risk of potential downtime, the impact of data breaches or even worse. It may initially appear that opting to do nothing looks like the most cost-effective solution but, in the long term, it can prove very costly in financial and reputational terms.
Failing to create a solid plan means more than potential disruption to your business, you may also face;