ConverterTechnology, provider of software and services to help enterprises upgrade to new versions of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows without the risks, costs, productivity loss, and headaches that typically arise from enterprise deployments, recently launched a free Cost Savings Calculator on their website that can help companies plan for the most appropriate migration strategy for their enterprise-wide deployment efforts.
“Many organizations are considering an upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013, especially with product support for Office 2003 ending in April 2014,” said Shawn Allaway, CEO, ConverterTechnology. “As they evaluate the costs of manual versus automated testing and remediation, our calculator can be used as a tool during the planning phases to help illustrate the potential savings. The tool is available in U.S. Dollars as well as Pounds and Euros.”
The True Cost of Manual Remediation
Enterprises that decide to go the manual remediation route, such as a ﬁx-on-fail approach, may save on the software cost of deploying an automated remediation tool, but they risk creating chaos for end users and the IT department.
As end users find broken files, they face productivity delays while seeking IT support to fix their business-critical documents. Should the file be especially complex as many Microsoft Excel and Access file can be, the delay in remediating that file extends, and IT may need to divert additional resources away from other activities while the end-user is no longer productive. Associate the cost of manual remediation – find, test, open and fix – with millions and millions of files, as most enterprises have, and one realizes the total actual costs associated with such an approach.
The Advantage of Automated Tools
ConverterTechnology’s OfﬁceConverter is an automated tool that speeds up the Office ﬁle scanning and conversion processes. Using OfficeConverter tools and methods, program managers can collect and organize information that delivers precise and immediately actionable decision items to Office upgrade planners. The quality of data about an enterprises’ file landscape and information on the nature of file use and their role in supporting business processes can significantly affect the scope and logistics of document conversion or database conversion. In turn, the project scope and logistics directly affect the risks, costs, and timelines that the project entails.
Said Allaway, “It’s true that OfﬁceConverter requires a software investment, but the return on investment is high when considering the resource time and organization impact that will be significantly reduced. The automation capabilities of OfficeConverter minimize the need for manual efforts, reducing costly and time consuming aspects of an enterprise-wide migration program.”