2013: Windows 7 migrations drive IT's agenda
As corporate IT departments draw up their agendas for 2013, what do you think will top the list? I’m betting it will be getting Windows 7 onto their desktops. Here’s a glimpse of why, and what the implications will be for other initiatives:
- Demise of Windows XP Turns IT Priority to Windows 7: Although most enterprises began XP transitioning in 2012, not many completed their migrations. And since it takes about 18 months to plan, test and pilot a new OS, they’ll be consumed with transitioning to Windows 7 in 2013. Why not Windows 8? It’s not proven like Windows 7 and there’s not enough time to wait until it is.
- Physical-to-Physical (P2P) Transformations Replace VDI: Although many organizations invested a lot of time and money in VDI, it was too expensive and complicated. And now, with the rush to get off Windows XP before April 2014, there’s no time to push for VDI. Instead, it will be all about P2P/Windows 7 migrations.
- Cloud and App Virtualization Adoption Ease Windows 7 Migrations: Most enterprises support hundreds, if not thousands, of applications. To speed Windows 7 migrations and reduce costs, IT will look to cloud and app virtualization as alternatives to physically installed applications, which take a tremendous amount of time to test for compatibility and deploy.
- Consumerization of IT Expands Beyond Bring Your Own Device to Self-Service: This will enable the increasingly mobile workforce to get the resources they need quickly from any device. As more enterprises realize that using multiple app delivery technologies (cloud, web, virtual and traditionally installed) can reduce IT costs, they will adopt a blended approach and enable it through self-service. To make this possible, they will deploy workspace aggregation solutions that are platform- and vendor-independent. Exactly what we offer with Centrix WorkSpace Universal.
- Robust Desktop Analytics Power Desktop Transformations: How can IT migrate to Windows 7 cost-effectively while delivering the right set of applications and content to users? By using desktop analytics to understand enterprise-wide application usage. Our customers have found that, by using Centrix WorkSpace iQ, not only can they quickly determine which apps to provide via which delivery vehicles, but they can also see which applications aren’t even worth supporting post-Windows XP. Many customers have halved the number of applications they needed to migrate, slashing transformation time and costs.
If you want to hear more about the impact of Windows XP’s end of life on IT’s 2013 agenda, click here to read my published article in VMblog.