Clearly, companies shouldn’t migrate to Windows 7 merely because Microsoft has introduced a new product. Instead, firms should upgrade with a schedule that suits them best, making sure that the all-important, carefully considered migration plan is in place before making their move. Before migrating, firms must deal with issues like application compatibility, decide whether to do PC refreshes or in-place upgrades, and weigh the implications of what’s expected to be an OS in use throughout much of this decade.
The true value of making this plan, really, is that migrating to Windows 7 offers an opportunity to not just upgrade an OS but to fully reconsider the enterprise infrastructure. Ideally, the Windows 7 upgrade is a chance not just to make it different, but to make it better. Upgrading to Windows 7 is an opportunity to re-envision the software stack, clean the kinks from the old system, and set up a new system that works with a higher degree of reliability and manageability.
Upgrading to a new OS is an opportunity to rethink your enterprise infrastructure.
In the best case, companies will leverage a number of third party solutions that build on Windows 7. These include security solutions like antivirus and antimalware software that interoperate with Windows 7’s improved security features. Similarly, though Windows 7 clearly has integrated backup capabilities, plenty of third party backup solutions may appeal to businesses of various sizes for cost and feature-set considerations.
Windows 7 is more of an evolution than a revolution. While Vista introduced a new kernel and a new interface, Windows 7 builds on user feedback and offers a polished system that provides some clear steps forward to offer companies value. Like Windows XP, which Windows 7 will eventually replace as the dominant desktop, Windows 7 improves on a working formula.