For the majority of organizations, migrating to Windows 10 as quickly as reasonably possible is likely the best decision from both a cost-efficiency and security standpoint.
As we covered in last week’s article, some organizations that rely on specific legacy hardware or software (as well as a few other niche use cases) may need to maintain Windows 7 on their devices through 2020 to 2022. For the vast majority of firms, though, relying on devices running Windows 7 will be higher maintenance and less secure. In most use cases, firms should migrate to Windows 10 for their devices as quickly as possible.
Like any other major business infrastructure change, successful migration relies on successful planning and implementation. Even for firms that don’t include IT services in their core competencies, there are serious risks – from inefficiency and unexpected costs to data loss or security breaches – that make the development of a basic migration plan essential. Even smaller firms should keep in mind four key factors in migration plans: direct and indirect costs, data policies, and process management. Below is a simple model of a holistic approach to device life cycle management that could be adapted to any firm that uses Windows 7 devices in its core workflow.
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Going clockwise from the top, your firm should develop its broad plan for migration, and start the phasing out of legacy devices until new hardware and software is fully implemented. The migration plan should also include changes to maintenance for new devices and have a mechanism for incorporating feedback from stakeholders, to use in the development of future plans.
This is the final article in our first series on migration, and next week we will begin to cover the process of migration for firms relying on Windows Server 2008. While we strive to provide information that is useful and general enough to help anyone involved in device decision-making, businesses should always follow industry and firm-specific plans. If your firm is considering or in the process of operating system migration and would like an estimate on developing an effective plan, let us know: Our staff has experience working with firms across a broad variety of industries and are capable of tailoring and implementing a plan to your firm’s specific needs.
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