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Windows 7 - Appropriate roadmap for Adoption

This has been the most interesting topic of discussion with CIO's and IT directors while we talk about Windows 7 adoption. The debate here is should this be approached as a vanilla OS upgrade or view this as a standard operating environment transformation. Based on my experience in working with multiple customers on Windows XP and Windows Vista upgrades the value of upgrade is multifold if the approach covers the upgrade of the surround ie the core infra components. While planning for the Windows 7 a health check of the surround components like the applications, image deployment & distribution framework, patch and image management lifecycle and IT security process can help in understanding any gaps in the existing process and corrective measures can be applied along with the Windows 7 upgrade. While this view looks to be a time consuming process this helps in clearing of the legacy from the system while transforming to a faster, secure and efficient operating system Windows 7.

 

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Migration to Windows7 is definitely an opportunity for the organizations to do the required cleansing. It is useful to do the assessment for the entire application portfolio and identify the applications which are redundtant, not used for many years, have duplications, etc and take the sign-off from appropriate stakeholders to retire these applications. Invariably it may be found that 20% of the applications fall in this category and the incremental efforts spent in doing this exercise are more than compensated by the savings organizations achieve in testing, remediation, packaging and deployment of these applications.

Great point of vue Saju, thanks for sharing this article.

I agree with Rajesh, the incremental efforts spent in doing this exercise are more than compensated by the savings organizations achieve in testing, remediation, packaging and deployment of these applications.

Alex
Microsoft Windows Client team

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