What It Will Take
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.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.
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.