Migrating to Windows 7 isn’t a fast and easy process. Many companies delay their migration because of various factors such as compatibility issues or budget. The number of companies switching to Windows 7 is increasing due to the fact that Microsoft is ending support for XP and the operating system seems to be preferable to Windows 8.
There are common mistakes that we see when working with companies who are in or planning their migration project:
- Underestimating the importance of business applications. A Windows 7 migration has a big impact on IT – from hardware and networks to servers and data centers. Applications are often considered less often, therefore many organizations focus on the operating system itself or upgrading the hardware. Organizations should start a migration plan with an application strategy and then think about the infrastructure.
- Not taking advantage of the technology innovations. As 64-bit operating systems/apps and virtualization are used more you should consider adopting these technologies with the Windows 7 migration.
- Overlooking application compatibility testing. The number of apps used in a company has steadily increased, so any organization with more than 300 applications will need an automated way to test app compatibility. Once testing is done you will have a clear picture of which apps are ready for Windows 7, which will need to be patched and which will need to be retired.
- Underplaying discovery. Discovery involves collecting everything you know about the apps used and putting them together into one place. This database will show: who’s using what apps; how often and for what purpose; apps names and departmental locations; and how they may interact with Windows 7.
- Disregarding web applications. Software as a service usage is increasing and chances are your users depend on many web apps to help them do their jobs. Unfortunately most companies that migrate to Windows 7 forget about these SaaS applications.
- Missing the opportunity to upgrade the hardware. Migrating your company infrastructure to a new operating system doesn’t happen very often therefore you should also consider refreshing hardware and replace older PCs with laptops giving users mobility.
Migrating to Windows 7 is not a single-step process. Therefore, companies must make sure to create a thorough plan before the process starts. If you need help with your Window migrations, our experts are here to help.