Any company looking to migrate to Windows 7 wants the migration to be successful-while minimizing costs, making the process as easy as possible and reducing the amount of work that needs to be done after the upgrade. Survey respondents recommended some steps to help achieve a successful migration. Planning, training and pilot tests were three that were most mentioned.
"The only advice I could give is to have users go through a tutorial," one IT director of a small communications business stated. "Once they've learned the system and are up to speed, they're going to be extremely pleased. They'll overcome their initial concern very quickly."
With regard to pilot testing, another IT director (this time of a midsize Aerospace enterprise) recommended, "Before migrating, everyone should test their applications and do as much pretesting and application testing as you possibly can. After you successfully test those applications, do a small pilot. Do a small rollout to make sure that there isn't something you missed."
Many survey respondents indicated that they used the operating system migration to implement or upgrade technologies such as standardization, virtual desktop interface (VDI) and security:
"Upgrading security was the first thing we decided to do because we had issues in the past," said one IT manager. "This time we figured we'd nip it in the bud since we're moving to Windows 7. Then, we just carried that through for all our migrations."
Another issue faced by companies as they upgrade their operating system is incompatible applications. It was found that 71 percent of survey respondents simply replaced those applications and 69 percent found it effective to use application virtualization or other solutions.