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.