While the excitement builds around Windows 10 – boldly billed by Microsoft as the ‘best Windows yet’ – businesses could be forgiven for not getting swept up in the hype. For many organizations, an operating system migration is something to be approached with fear and a sinking feeling that the process will cause upheaval and disruption over a period of weeks and months.
Many businesses clung on to Windows XP for many years, only making the jump to Windows 7 after support for XP – seen as reliable and in tune with their needs – ceased. Such businesses may well have little or no appetite to repeat the process of migration so soon.
Migration need not feel that way. Windows may well have moved on when it comes to the technology in its operating systems but businesses can be reassured that the process of migration has also developed. Whereas previously a migration required militaristic planning and most of the annual IT budget, these days, automation and the use of specialist software can alleviate the pain and assist the transition.
The first stage is to plan ahead. Ahead of migration, you should plan to take proper stock of the software you currently use. Is it all used effectively and are all of the licenses you pay for necessary? This is your chance to assess what you need, rationalise your estate ahead of the move and assess the compatibility of the packages you use. It’s also an opportunity to evaluate the hardware you are using. You don’t need to panic and buy completely new items but some items may have reached the end of their usefulness.
The next stage is to pinpoint software that can make for a swift and pain-free migration. Take a look at 1E.com, for example, and you’ll see that firms such as this can offer a smooth process that is almost completely automated and does not grind your system to a halt. Desk visits that render staff and their machines unproductive for large periods are not necessary in a world where machines are connected via a network.
Once moved over you then need to analyse the hardware and software that you looked at ahead of the move and make sure that everything is functioning as you expected. Some programs may need to be upgraded to bring them up to speed with the new operating system. Again, this can happen in a ‘business as usual’ manner if highlighted as part of a proper IT asset management system and carried out with the assistance of the correct package. Don’t treat the migration as the end of the process.
By planning ahead, streamlining your system and utilising the latest available migration tools there need be little or no pain in the process. That will be music to the ears of businesses as Windows 10 approaches. Maybe, with this in mind, they can allow themselves to get wrapped up in the hype now too?