Don’t Prolong the Inevitable: Considerations for Migrating to Windows 10
by Patrick Brennan
Windows migrations are one of those painful things that administrators hate having to do, but is a necessary evil to keep up with the evolution of technology and business processes. Take the migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 for instance. For a while it seemed that upgrading was something even Microsoft struggled with as they took eight years before they released an operating system that the enterprise would finally take hold of and adopt. In fact, still to this day customers like the U.S. Navy are forking over $31 million dollars to keep supporting Windows XP until they’re fully migrated over, which may take until June 2017.
However, we are now at the dawn of the Windows 10 migration. Which leads users to think, wait didn’t we just finish migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7? Aren’t we out of the woods for now? While these are common questions, we need to stop prolonging the inevitable and take steps toward migrating towards Windows 10. Here’s why:
Windows 10 is Growing at a Rapid Pace
Windows 10 has the fastest adoption rate of any other Windows operating system of all time. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has outpaced Windows 7 adoptions by 140 percent and Windows 8 by 400 percent. Currently there are 22 million devices running Windows 10 in the enterprise and education space and over 200 million installed in its totality. With this high adoption rate and the challenge of dealing with employee’s bringing their own device, IT managers need to standardize their OS platforms to ensure the best user experience.
Time is a Factor
To further increase its Windows 10 user base, Microsoft is shortening the support cycles from one operating system to the next. In fact, Windows 7 is already out of mainstream support, which may cause headaches for the enterprise. Companies should be proactive about migrating sooner rather than later to avoid obsolescence and the risk of crashing into a wall.
The Old Way Isn’t Going to Cut it
No one is denying that migrations aren’t painful. Applications need to be thoroughly tested, profiles are difficult to migrate and manage, hardware typically needs to be refreshed due to the increased performance demands of the new OS, and the list goes on. However, these migrations are painful because they are very impactful in the end as the benefits outweigh the initial complexities. The reality is, the old way of doing things just isn’t going to cut it anymore. The old technique of forklifting infrastructure and migrating users is just too challenging, cumbersome, and slow. With these accelerated OS lifecycles and the modern workforce expecting the latest and greatest technology, BYOD policies, and cloud-based applications, something has to change to adequately keep up.
What are you doing in your enterprise to meet these migration challenges? Have you considered re-evaluating your strategy for deployment and migration methods? In addition to the countless number of advantages a virtual workspace brings to end users such as speed and agility, it can greatly benefit IT organizations not only by expediting the process of upgrading, migrating and deploying, but also by simplifying the entire procedure as well.
In my next article, I’ll be talking through how these challenges are inherently resolved as we evolve the enterprise into a virtual workspace. Not only is the best way to move forward for IT administrators, but for users as well! Enterprise IT organizations don’t have to be viewed as slow and clunky anymore; it’s time we upgrade the entire process and make them agile to provide a better experience for everyone!
Patrick Brennan is the senior product marketing manager, Applications and Platforms at Atlantis Computing.