The survey respondents came from 16 different countries worldwide and had anywhere from five to 10,000 employees. They were asked how long a company should wait before upgrading to a brand new operating system? To avoid the issues and bugs that often come to the first users of an operating system, most of these IT professionals recommended waiting six months to one year after the release to migrate. Only eight percent of the respondents immediately migrated to Windows 7. There are a number of ways to determine the best time to migrate.
"We usually wait a significant amount of time for things to stabilize," said one respondent, an IT director at a midsize enterprise. "Sometimes that's a service pack, sometimes it's a significant number of patches, and sometimes it's the industry-when other companies of large scale migrate."
Actually, very few respondents said that they would wait for a particular service pack before making the upgrade. Specific motivations for these companies' migrations varied from increased performance and reliability to user experience and better security. Plus, their return on investment was significant: 62 percent set ROI goals and 90 percent of those achieved their ROI goals.
The same IT director said, "We felt that the cost to migrate to Windows 7 was a bit steep, but if you look at the TCO, it's actually a great investment. Even though it cost our company a lot of money to make the migration, it was well worth the investment. It was much better than anything we had seen from Vista or XP."