Step No. 3: Prepare within IT

By Rick Winford  |  Posted 2010-10-11 Print this article Print

Step No. 3: Prepare within IT

In preparation for deployment, build one or more "gold" images of the operating system and prepare customized packages of applications based on organizational requirements. Allow enough time in your schedule to create these packages and verify their compatibility with the new operating system. Building adequate time into your preparation schedule is essential to ensuring a better migration outcome.

Step No. 4: Establish rollout timetable and prepare the organization

Work with key business groups to determine if it makes more sense to migrate the entire company as a single event or to migrate separately by office, by business function or by group. Once you have created your preliminary migration rollout plan, it needs to be validated and finalized with your organization's leadership team. Obtaining their support is vital, as they will be your best conduit to employees and will alert you of any critical path projects of which you need to be aware.

Because nearly everyone in the company who uses a Windows-based PC will be affected by the migration, it is imperative to keep the user community well-informed by publishing enterprise-wide rules, policies and schedules for the deployment.

Rick Winford has been with HP since 1981 in various technical consulting roles. Rick has mostly advised customers on how to use HP technology to solve business problems. Rick holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Anderson University. He can be reached at

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