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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.

About Cloudhouse

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How much does Cloudhouse cost? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse costs are split into two elements – the licensing required to deploy application compatibility packages, and the professional services needed to create the application compatibility packages.

Licensing is offered on a per user basis for desktop applications and a per server basis for server applications. There are discounts available based on volumes.

Professional Services costs are dependent on the nature and complexity of the application. We quote a cost for packaging once we have been able to see the application, or portfolio of applications.

Contact us here with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote.

Packaging and Maintaining Applications
Who is responsible for packaging desktop and server applications? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.

Requirements for Test and Development Down Arrow

Cloudhouse recommend packaged applications are tested in the standard UAT environments used for natively installed applications, or applications packaged in App-V. The more representative the test environment is of the live environment, the greater the chance of finding any issues prior to go-live.

Updating Applications Down Arrow

Service packs and updates can be applied to the applications in a package using the Editor, refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers which describes how a new snapshot is created for the update, and how it is then applied to the package.

Who manages Cloudhouse operationally within an account? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.

Automation and Deployment Down Arrow

Applications running in Application Compatibility Packages can be deployed, and managed with same tools, or scripts used to deploy natively installed applications e.g. SCCM, InTune, LAN Desk. Please refer to Supported 3rd Party Products and Versions for details.

How do we know which of our departments/ teams should support the Package? Down Arrow

The Cloudhouse Package does not include OS components, it only contains the packaged application plus Cloudhouse components. Cloudhouse recommend the same team that is responsible for supporting applications packaged with App-V, or delivered as natively installed applications, support Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Containers.

Documentation for Service Desk & Service Management Down Arrow

Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.

Do Cloudhouse provide training? Down Arrow

Cloudhouse offers a full packaging service that can scale to meet any requirement. In the event, however, that a partner wishes to offer application compatibility packaging as part of a wider solution, Cloudhouse will work with that partner. Please contact us here for details.