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Top Tips: How to Handle a Mass Windows Migration

tom-canningTom Canning is Vice President for Asia-Pacific for Flexera Software’s business and is responsible for driving increased revenue, market share and customer satisfaction in the Software Vendor, Intelligent Device Manufacturer and Enterprise account domains.

Tom shares his tips on how to handle a mass Windows migration.

Software transitions are costly, difficult, time consuming and complex activities, which, especially in the current, diverse IT environment, require extensive planning. With rumours of a Windows 9 launch in April 2015, less than 18 months after the launch of Windows 8.1, now is the time for IT Managers to understand Application Readiness best-practice processes to ensure these migrations are executed in the most cost efficient manner.

1.       Identify – Every application ported to new Windows environments will require time and effort, and there is a migration cost associated with each. Obtaining an accurate view of the applications that are deployed across the organisation, and taking stock of what is actually being used, as opposed to what is deployed, is vital. 

 2.       Rationalise – To avoid wasted effort, IT must rationalise the application estate and migrate only those apps that are actually being used. This will enable organisations to reduce wasted IT spend on unused application licences.

3.       Assess compatibility – Not all applications work in new Windows environments, which requires compatibility testing to be carried out. This is a time consuming and costly activity if conducted manually. Automating the process has a direct impact on reducing the overall cost of the migration. 

 4.       Planning – In addition to identifying conflicts between the operating systems and applications, IT departments must also consider hardware and software requirements. Often, insufficient hardware can cause major problems in operating system migrations, so departments must ensure that they have enough horsepower to run the new operating system and applications.

 5.       Fixing and packaging – This involves converting applications to the required format. If problems are found with the application, IT must fix them and then “repackage” the application before delivering it to the deployment system or to the enterprise app store.

Adopting Application Readiness best practices and technology that automate the processes for fast, efficient and effective migration planning, testing, remediation and repackaging is the only way for IT to ensure that the application estate is future proof.  Applications must be ready, up to date and available to users when they need them.

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