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Over three quarters (77 percent) of organizations have at least one application that is not compatible with the latest version of Windows, with up to a quarter (25 percent) of all applications incompatible for 89 percent of organizations. This is according to new UK and US CIO research commissioned by Cloudhouse.

More than a third of businesses (36 percent) cited modernisation as an urgent priority. Ensuring application compatibility is therefore pivotal, but organizations are also hesitant to initiate such projects, with almost a quarter (24 percent) of organizations either not at all or not very confident in their ability to fully upgrade these platforms to be 100 percent compatible with the latest version of the Windows operating system.

This lack of confidence among CIOs may stem from the fact that half of all businesses (50 percent) feel that there is a significant amount of work to still be done to modernise applications for compatibility with newer Windows versions.

Additionally, 25 percent believe that they’ve now ironed out most issues, but there is still some work to be done to ensure modernisation.

Only one in five (20 percent) have a comprehensive plan in place.

“Our research has discovered that application compatibility is, unfortunately, a common occurrence among businesses, and if left unchecked can impact the platforms that are absolutely critical to operations. It’s vital for these organizations to make use of specialist tools that allow applications to be transplanted to new Windows operating systems, without losing any functionality or impact on the user experience,” Mat Clothier, CEO and Founder of Cloudhouse.

Of businesses with a plan of action, almost one in three (29 percent) have a primary strategy to replace their application to ensure compatibility with a new Windows version, but this is typically costly, time-consuming and may require additional training for employees to use an unfamiliar platform.

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