Getting a Leg-up on Your Windows 7 Migration

While the move to Windows 7 continues to gain momentum as organizations prioritize the need to get off of Windows XP prior to the April 2014 deadline, almost 70% of organizations have put this IT priority off until their 2013 budget year.

Depending on the IT organization and the size of the application portfolio involved, there may be a scramble to complete the required testing of applications to ensure a smooth migration to the new platform by the 2014 deadline.

One way to get an early leg up on the migration process is to conduct an application lifecycle analysis now and build this function into your IT processes for the future. Futurestate IT’s AppRx platform performs lifecycle analysis on an application portfolio and identifies the ‘low hanging fruit’ – i.e. applications that can be fast-tracked for migration. In doing so, it helps migration teams quickly pare down the pool of applications that will require detailed compatibility testing.  As a result, organizations will be able to save significant time and effort down the road when it comes to testing and validating their desktop applications and platforms.

Reduce the application portfolio by analyzing their application lifecycle status:

  • Applications that support Windows 7
    AppRx contains extensive vendor platform support details for many of the popular enterprise applications.  Migration managers can quickly eliminate applications that are vendor supported on the windows 7 platform.
  • Applications that can be upgraded to support Windows 7
    AppRx contains detailed information on the version to version upgrade paths of a wide variety of applications.  Teams will see which applications can be upgraded to a newer version in order to increase platform support to windows 7.  These upgrades can be fast-tracked and deployed prior to the migration.
  • Applications that have a supported version available
    Version disparity from the latest version to the deployed version of an application may require multiple steps to get the latest version.  AppRx will indicate that the application has a vendor support version for Windows 7 but may require further steps and research prior to the upgrade to ensure that no data or configuration is lost.
  • Applications that require testing
    Once the first three categories above have been separated out, migration managers should be left with a short list of applications that are not supported by the vendor or are custom/customized.  These applications will require the detailed testing through the AppRx platform compatibility tools to determine if/how the application can be remediated for Windows 7 – or virtualized.

This same model can be followed for server migrations that are looking to retire Windows 2003 or migrate from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 8.  Continuing to monitor your portfolio in AppRx can also warn management teams of support expiry and give them readiness details for future migrations like Windows 8 or Windows 9.


Register for the July 11, 2012, 11am EDT webinar:

Accelerate Your Windows 7 Migration & Manage Ongoing Portfolio Cost and Risk

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