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What's Really at Stake When Adobe Discontinues Flash?

Posted by Neil Shah on Jun 9, 2020 10:45:00 AM

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Protecting Your Workforce Management Benefits

The expiration of Adobe Flash is set in stone. Technology customers everywhere have until December 31, 2020, to fine-tune their IT stacks to operate entirely without Flash integration (workforce management included).

Delaying any updates or maintaining any Flash-based solutions past this date will be a gamble for businesses, posing a risk to daily operations and productivity. Here are some of the challenges procrastinators may face by not updating before Adobe and other major solution providers (Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla, and Google included) ditch the plugin for good.

Loss of Key Features & Functions

Flash was once an important plugin for rich and interactive media. It helped in displaying video both online and within enterprise software solutions. In workforce management solutions like Kronos Workforce Central, Flash has long enabled customers to take advantage of more impactful employee onboarding experiences and even helped launch popular modules like automated self-scheduling.

Kronos already provides many Flash-free versions of many Workforce Central modules (e.g. HTML Schedule Planner in place of Flash Scheduling), but customers will need to upgrade to Workforce Central 8.1.3 or higher (or migrate solutions entirely) before the end of the year to eliminate flash integration and prevent third-party disruption to key productivity benefits.

IT Roadblocks & Incompatibility

Come January 1, the developers of major internet browsers and operating systems are planning updates to not only disable all Flash media but automatically uninstall the Flash plugin from supported devices. 

In order to maintain a workforce management solution or other enterprise software that relies on Flash, customers and IT administrators must commit to using older, unsupported operating systems or software versions and actively endeavor to prevent any automatic updates across their entire tech ecosystem that might create roadblocks between dependent solutions.

Case in point—the most common web browsers our cloud-based workforce management solutions rely on (e.g., Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge) already disable Flash-based content by default, requiring manual activation each time the Flash plugin needs access.

Declining Security

Flash vulnerabilities have long been a major exploit of hackers, requiring frequent software updates to combat. Even with Adobe's constant vigilance, Flash sits at number 5 in the top 10 most common cybersecurity exploits. This is just one of the many reasons the tech community is dropping Flash in favor of tools and programming like HTML5 that adheres to open standards (including security and efficiency). 

The proprietary nature of Flash created somewhat of a bottleneck to development and growth, turning into one of its greatest challenges for keeping up with new standards. Once Adobe ends support for the plugin, no new security updates will be issued, which is why we advise complete migration to Flash-free solutions before new vulnerabilities and exploits grow unchecked.

Don't Gamble With Your Business Solutions

Our team is here to help you meet the Flash-free deadline (December 31). We'll help you evaluate, plan, and enact the changes you need, either through updates, upgrades or new workforce management implementation before the end of the year, including team training and continued tech support. Open a line of communication today to ensure your productivity and profitability aren't disrupted later. We look forward to working with you.

Topics: Workforce Management, UKG

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