Microsoft Windows 10 is here and the race is on to migrate away from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Here are all points based on Windows 10 migration and what you need to know.
Many CIOs, IT managers and IT consultants are excited regarding the promise of free upgrades however upgrade can cause many disruptions when it comes to implementing a Windows 10 migration. The are many Windows 10 migration tools available however each of them come with potential issues to companies including downtime or conflict with an existing legacy software.
Windows 10 Migration
Windows 10 has had a great start with Windows 10 has being tested by 60 per cent of IT departments surveyed and 40 per cent planning on rolling it out in 2015. Another 74 per cent is targeting to have complete adoption by 2017. This are better numbers than Windows 7 and Windows 8 experienced. A study carried out at IP EXPO Europe 2015 found that 54 per cent of companies were already using Windows 10.
Should you upgrade to Windows 10?
Windows 10 is an improvement over previous Windows versions with a range of new features for organizations. According to Microsoft, it is the most secure operating system ever as it offers enterprise data protection as well as helps employees securely login to applications, websites and networks without the need for a password. There is also Windows Defender that tackles malware and other security concerns.
What is a major change in Windows 10?
One major change introduced within Windows 10 is the introduction of continuous updates. This is a double edged sword as not all companies will be prepared for this as it may cause unforeseen issues however it allows to streamline operations across multiple devices including computers, notebooks, smartphones and tablets therefore allowing remote mobile workers to take full advantage of cloud computing.
What are some potential issues with Windows 10?
The end result will be a positive experience with Windows 10 however there will always be issues with migrations. Companies must consider issues around security and data protection as no one wants to be in the news regarding data breaches and hacker attacks.
Other challenges include the need to maintain user profiles, keeping track of user authored data and any potential problems with the user experience, which should be measured before, during and after the migration has taken place.
When a company is building a Windows 10 migration plan, they need to ensure they do not leave themselves in a vulnerable position so they must ensure they have adequate planning and backups in place.
How do you prepare for a Windows 10 migration?
You must prepare and plan out migrations to mitigate the risks of any potential issues occurring will help your company in the long term.
Here are three key points to consider when building your Windows 10 migration plan:
- Audit your business apps and eliminate ones that are rarely used or taking up space.
- Remaining apps must be rationalised and virtualized to cut back on licensing if possible.
- Update your corporate IT policy to enable Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
A big key point also includes do not rush the process as this takes careful planning. There are many things to consider including software applications, web applications, user data and other unique issues according to your business.
Is your business ready for a Windows 10 migration?