What It Will Take

By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2006-11-30 Print this article Print

to Get Enterprises to Upgrade"> Cherry agreed that providing anti-virus protection is a crucial factor in getting enterprises to even consider upgrading to Vista. "Windows Defender and user account control are important built-in features. But until there is an anti-virus built for Vista I will not feel safe running it," Cherry said.
However, even the availability of anti-virus and native Vista enterprise applications will not be enough to convince enterprise customers to upgrade from Windows XP, he said. The decisive factor will be how much effort it will take enterprise customers to upgrade their existing internal and custom applications to Windows.
There is always a certain amount of inertia that IT organizations have to overcome before they will make the effort to upgrade to a new version of any operating system platform or application, Cherry said. "They have to budget the resources and then prioritize it against all these other projects they have under way," he said. This inevitably slows down the evaluation and decision-making process. Furthermore, Microsoft is introducing Vista at the worst time of year for initiating any new IT project, Cherry said. "I always think that very little gets done between Thanksgiving and New Years. And certainly very few new projects get initiated during that time frame," he said. As a result, any evaluation of Vista or the need to start upgrading wont even start until at least early 2007, and the evaluation process alone will take three to six months for most enterprises, Cherry said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is eWEEK.com's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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