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Windows 9 (Migration for IT Teams):

Written by Sean Holmes

This is probably another headache for the IT members. There were a number of rumors being spread regarding the release of Windows 9 and a question too was raised if it’s actually a point release (Windows 8.2) or might be it just justifies the drastic change in the new version and re-enforces the fact that IT is in a state of constant migration. It is not a long, long ago story that IT teams were concerned with the strategies of roving the business from one version to another. Migration was a task that ran every two to three years. Many big organizations had an element of time on their side as they already had an idea of the time the OS was going to end and having a little time to plan and in order to test and then to execute. Migration was never a big deal.


The updated of the same didn’t have a halt. They were continued and they presented several problems like limited preparation time, reduced testing, more complex application deployments, growing version support and a variety of workspace management issues. With a vast number of migrations that are taking place, IT teams have decided to take the risk of underestimating the process, the time, complexity and overall management challenge involved and excluding the total amount of post migration help-desk support required. The operating system or platform is fast becoming irrelevant that is being consumed by the users as they use their apps and data on. In the world, where businesses still need to be able to secured and managed some elements of their users, their apps and their data; organizations must now try to manage the unmanaged. Researches that were carried out earlier have depicted to found that more than three quarters of UK businesses still use Windows XP, despite the fact it is now 12 years old, yet on average it accounted for less than 25% of organizations’ desktop estates. This really has highlighted just how much variation, not only in terms of legacy operating systems, but also applications and devices, that currently exists in the typical UK business. Operating systems, platforms, applications and use cases are constantly evolving creating this state of continual migration. Whether it be a point release or a major version businesses must respect the fact that end user computing is changing. What is happening in the OS market is comparable to the BYOD revolution that saw the number and variety of, devices on the corporate network sky rocket. Regular OS roll outs implies that it is very important to note that IT departments must make sure that they keep an account of regularly updated systems and applications with minimal failure points, ensuring they have the capacity to provide deployment services and desktop management in parallel. The never ending change in software is compounded by the only explosion in devices such as PCs, tablets, mobiles, laptops etc that are now being used across an average organization. The end result is that it is more difficult than ever before for IT departments to manage the workspace environment deliver a good user experience and remain in control of application access permissions. The ideal of having one master image or a single ‘Gold’ build is proving more difficult to achieve.

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