Recently, I sat in a three-day conference with our Product Advisory Council with people from multiple levels of IT. A few of the customers in that Product Advisory Council are heavily involved in large migration projects from XP to Windows 7/8, so they were very interested in what we are doing with Provisioning and Software License Management for the purpose of migrating to the latest Windows offerings.
What are the options for Windows migrations? You really have three migration options: 1) Do very little or nothing and hope the problem goes away over time, 2) Get someone to help you do a one time migration, so you don’t expose your company to compliance and security risks, or 3) Use the migration to strategically fix multiple issues in IT where you have more than just a new OS at the end of the migration? This begs the question, if you could do either the second or the third option in the same amount of time, wouldn’t you opt for the third?
A little more detailed look at each option expose that the first option with tactics likes adoption by attrition, migrating manually over a long time-frame, or not migrating because of budgets constraints are not much of a strategy at all. The second option is worthwhile to help you plan and execute the migration, which would automate how you move all user data and profiles to a fresh image on your user’s machines — LANDESK can do this — but there would still be additional work after the initial migration. However, the third option is a way to look at additional IT concerns and solves them within the scope of your Windows migration project. Here’s what you would have after a LANDESK Windows 7/8 Smart Migration:
- Enterprise hardware and software asset management toolset
- Consolidate current server and licensing costs for…
- Remote Control Tools
- Software Deployment Tools
- Imaging Tools
- Patch Management Tools
- Power Management Tools
- Application Blacklisting Tools
- New automated strategy around PC lifecycle
- Toolset for Windows vNext migration
I guess it comes down to what you want – a destination or a standard you reach and stay in for a long time; like remaining on XP until beyond its end-of-life, or a way to move forward in IT and make the journey a little easier for the future.