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Microsoft's product retirements could affect your organisation

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No doubt you have already heard about the upcoming retirement of a whole range of Microsoft products within the next few months and hopefully you have plans a foot to discontinue their use and replace them with alternative solutions. When the product cycle comes to an end there will no longer be any security updates produced against newly emerged threats and Microsoft will no longer provide any support for the product. 

Microsoft will sunset the following products on January 14 2020 :

• Windows 7
• Windows 7 Professional for Embedded Systems
• Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

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The need to attract more women into the tech industry

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I was struck by a quote I read recently from Sky's Group Chief Information Security Officer, Elaine Bucknor.

Launching the latest round of the company's Women in Tech Scholars Scheme, she claimed that boys in the UK are still more than twice as likely to be encouraged to work in tech than girls. And she said that it's little wonder half of girls Sky spoke with had ruled out working in the industry by the time they reached 18 years old.

Initially unveiled last year, Sky's scheme offers £25,000 in funding to five women in order to fund their tech idea along with support and mentorship.

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Utilising emerging technology to improve the customer experience

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In 2018 ServiceNow was voted the world's most innovative company by Forbes, ahead of Tesla and Workday, with company revenues growing to more than $2.6 billion in 2018. The company is already established as the market leader in IT Service Desk and Service Management software and is making strong inroads into the HR and Customer Service Management segments with it's Now platform. But it is the digital platform's capability around rapid custom application development and modernisation of legacy applications which perhaps holds the greatest potential for growth.

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