Our posts last week on Windows 7 migration generated some interesting feedback, although we are still awaiting and encouraging actual comments on the blog, rather than through email. One of our respondents pointed us to a research brief on Windows 7 migration that many of you probably missed. It is a proprietary survey of more than 1,500 IT professionals in the U.S. and several countries in Europe. The survey, issued by RES Software, has quite an imposing title: Windows 7 Migration: Inevitable and Necessary For Most IT Shops, But Time and Tools are Essential Ingredients for Success.
If you can navigate the mountainous title, the information is quite informative. What we found most interesting were the responses to the question on challenges faced by IT professionals when migrating to new operating systems. The toughest challenge: Migrating user profiles from on operating system to the next. Here are all the responses to the toughest challenge question (obviously respondents were allowed to provide more than one answer):
Much of the data in the survey is fairly consistent with the Gartner data we described last week: Nearly two thirds of the respondents said their organizations had purchased Windows 7 licenses and nearly 60 percent said they had either begun the migration process or are planning to do so in the near future. As Gartner suggested, the period from now till the end of the year will be the peak migratory period. As Gartner also suggested, many organizations are not budgeting enough time to do the migration properly. Where Gartner posited a 12-18-month period, more than half of the respondents said they would be doing it in less than 12 months and another 22 percent said they were not sure how long it would take. As for the critical phase of application testing, functionality testing and map/terrain matching analysis, nearly 40 percent said they would be allocating one to three months for this process.
We won’t bore you with more numbers, but we think it’s worth taking a look at the survey. And we are not done looking at Windows 7 migration ourselves: On our next post we will be looking at a potentially contrarian viewpoint. Stay tuned. And, please, don’t be afraid to post a comment.]]>