Why a tough decision can sometimes mean no decision at all
Sometimes, it can be difficult to see the best way forward. When it comes to the ongoing maintenance of business critical software applications, you can find yourself trapped when older applications become incompatible with newer versions of Windows.
It can feel as if you have only two options: attempt to refactor or replace the application (with the cost, downtime and potential for disruption that this will entail) or keep an older version of Windows running and live with the security issues (any recent headline on ransomware attacks will show where this can lead).
Both paths look unattractive. So, if someone offers a third option – ‘Let’s leave this for now and revisit in the future’ – it’s understandable that many choose that route instead.
We’re only human!
It turns out that this is a perfectly normal human response to a difficult situation. You may have heard of the term “decision paralysis” – it basically means that if we are faced with a difficult choice between action A or B, we instead choose action C, which might be to do nothing at all.
Added to this, our decision-making is also influenced by those around us. For example, a study into gambling behaviour found that when making decisions between safe (lower payoff but more probable) and risky (a higher payoff but less probable) options, people were more likely to make a choice if they had seen others make the same choice. So if we see others delaying making a decision, we are more likely to do the same.
Research has even found that people are willing to put themselves in an objectively worse position in order not to have to make the choice and commit to a path of action. They may even prefer getting worse news that will ‘force their hand’ into a decision (in this case perhaps a malware attack or a system failure?) rather than take a difficult decision pre-emptively to head off this possibility.
The problem of course is that while the decision is paused, the problem itself doesn’t remain static: systems become less compliant and may eventually be unsupported, security risks grow and the refactor option becomes a bigger job.
Take the first step
If this is the situation you find yourself in, Cloudhouse can help. Our solutions allow you to ‘wrap’ non-compliant or incompatible software and run it on the latest version of Windows, meaning you are secure and compliant, without the need to refactor or recode. It’s a real weight off your shoulders.
Why not take the lead and contact us for a free, no obligation chat? We offer a 100% Promise to all new clients who purchase a license agreement with us: you will be able to run your older apps on the latest version of Windows, or your money back.