Friday, March 16th, 2012
The challenge for many organisations, especially for large ones, is the difficulty in keeping up with the ever-changing dynamics of technology and in particular, internet-based technologies. These technologies evolve so quickly that it is extremely difficult for legacy applications to keep pace.

A classic example of this is that of the browser. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) for example, has been a widely accepted standard for use by corporations due to its inclusion in Windows desktop operating systems. Many large organisations still use IE 6, an 11 year old browser. This out-dated piece of technology, while good in its early days, now poses some security and privacy risks. These issues have been rectified in the latest version, IE 9 which represents 25% of the browser market. To improve security and performance, Microsoft has been urging customers to upgrade. So why do some organisations continue to use old browsers?

The answer lies in the difficulties and costs associated with updating the browser. The challenge is to upgrade without breaking the hundreds of legacy custom-built and off-the-shelf software applications still in use. It would not be entirely cost-effective to continually upgrade to the latest browser version every time there is an update, so organisations need to weigh up the risks of upgrading versus the risks of not upgrading carefully. However, there is another more cost-effective solution in order to remain on top of evolving technologies.

Virtualised browsers that run in their own silos on a person’s desktop computer may be the answer. This will allow users to easily switch between their desired browsers, depending on what applications they wanted to run.

Another solution, although more challenging to implement and impossible to apply retrospectively, is to plan web-based applications carefully to ensure that the user-interface is designed in a way where the application is not dependent on the browser version. If designed correctly, this will allow the application to be modified in order to take advantage of new browsers.

Organisations risk security and productivity breaches by not upgrading their browsers. A fair balanced strategy must exist in order for an organisation to take advantage of rapidly evolving technologies.

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