Windows 10 – Delaying the inevitable
Windows 7 will be going end of support in less than 10 months. As a result, migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 should be one of the top priorities for your IT department in 2019. Windows 7 goes end of support in January 2020, while this date seems like a long way away, the migration process takes time even with advanced planning. Your business should not assume they have ample time to be ready for the January 2020 deadline. According to Gartner, average migration projects for large enterprise organisations with more than 500 seats have been taking 21 months in the US.
As of March 2019, Irish organisations have just 10 months to migrate, less than half the average time required.
Windows 10 is faster, more secure, and contains more features than previous versions of the operating system and it has been designed in response to user feedback thereby addressing many of the complaints levelled at the last major release. These are just some of the reasons why businesses should migrate to Windows 10, but there are others, which may be even more compelling. Another reason to upgrade is to take advantage of the usual advances that come with newer technology, simply experiencing the little conveniences and updated design that accompany any new operating system can be refreshing.
The cost of support
In the coming years organisations will have little choice but to upgrade, Windows 7 is already living on borrowed time in terms of support. If your organisation has not upgraded by January 2020, your organisation will have to pay for extended support for each user of Windows 7 or face inevitable security risks that result in running an unsupported system. If your organisation opts for extended support, instead of providing for the one-off cost of migration, they will potentially have to double that provision just to maintain support for their existing operating system.
Organisations operating in a regulated industry will need to put additional safeguards in place, as running an unsupported operating system puts them at risk of compliance issues and this can result in hefty fines as well as a loss of business, as a result of bad press that could follow as a result.
“Irish organisations have just 10 months to migrate, less than half the average time required.”
Delaying the inevitable
Many organisations are delaying the inevitable migration to Windows 10 as they remember the pain associated with the previous migrations and do not want to relive it unless absolutely necessary. A number of enterprise customers did not begin deploying Windows 7 well into its lifecycle, and in some cases only months before Windows 10 debuted in July 2015. However, this will not happen again as Windows 10 marks an entirely new departure as it is using its new model Windows as a service rather than the latest iteration of the operating system, which means regular feature updates as opposed to massive upgrade projects every few years.
With increased security, usability and speed, Windows 10 provides an excellent transition for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. So with all the benefits Window 10 brings, why are many organisations still running old operating systems? One reason is that businesses are unsure of the compatibility of legacy applications that they are running on Windows 10 and are unsure what to do about it or they are unsure where to start with their application compatibility testing. Some are concerned about the frequency of Windows updates and do not have the processes in place to adequately manage this and some just do not know where to start.
To combat the concerns of organisations yet to migrate, Auxilion have created a Windows 10 Readiness Assessment, which offers an understanding of the current status of the organisation and identifies the gaps which need to be bridged in order to move forward to migration. The Readiness Assessment is the key building block for the project and is often the main point of failure for those organisations that fail to prepare.