With the official public release of Windows 7, IT providers get asked repeatedly on the practicality of making the move to this new operating system. Every 2-4 years, Microsoft decides to unleash its latest and greatest version of Windows and migrating to these new environments is never as quick or easy as they market to the user.
There is almost never a time when migrations go 100% according to plan. Some of the major aspects of consideration before migrating are:
- Cost vs. Value. Companies often have older computers in use. Many times these systems are end of life or out of warranty. It costs money and resources to upgrade each computer. Carefully consider how much time and money to spend on an older computer. Purchasing a computer new with the new operating system may be a smarter investment.
- End user training. Many businesses often overlook this soft cost. New operating systems have new look, feel, and functionality. There is a very real cost in getting your staff retrained. Oftentimes this cost is hard to estimate since some users are more technically savvy than others. Many users are resistant to change – especially on their computers.
- Application compatibility. Software developers like to take their time in making sure they have a version of their product that is compatible with the latest version of the operating system. Just because a new version of Windows is out, doesn’t mean your business applications will function properly. Take care to discuss these issues with your software company and IT provider before making the move.
- Licensing costs. Be sure to discuss with your IT provider the best ways to purchase your operating systems and licensing as there are many discount programs available.
If you plan appropriately, a successful operating system migration can be performed in as little as a weekend with only minor support required on Monday morning. If you do not plan properly, you are setting yourself up for business interruptions and down time. Speak to a good Michigan computer services firm before taking the dive. Executing operating system upgrades is a requirement for any business and you can’t put them off indefinitely. Use the services of a trusted business IT partner and you’ll discover potential headaches can be kept to a minimum.