Windows 7 Migration Projects on the Rise

I’m not sure what it is about spring, but “out with the old, and in with the new”, as they say. We’ve been noticing an increase these past few weeks in the amount of Windows 7 migration projects that are getting under way, as people realize that the clock is ticking towards the end of Windows XP support. As I write this, there are only 657 days remaining until XP is EOL, according to my handy countdown app.

Migration projects can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin and how to progress beyond the initial phases. The more applications you’ve got in your portfolio, the more time it will take to sort out (1) which apps you need to migrate and (2) which you can cast aside. Have you gone through an M&A within the last couple of years? That will all but guarantee that your application portfolio is too big. You haven’t done any application rationalization since moving to XP? You’re not alone.

Over the next several weeks I will do my best to help you on your way by posting some tips, tricks and other relevant info that you can use to help you avoid some of the more common pitfalls seen in migration projects. There are best practices that can be used to make your life easier and help expedite your efforts by reducing the amount of time wasted by over-testing each and every application in your portfolio for Windows 7 compatibility. You don’t need to do that, honestly.

Some of the topics I will be discussing over the next few weeks:

  • Inventory Collection and Centralization
  • Application Rationalization
  • Application Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Compatibility Testing
  • Ongoing Application Portfolio Management (and why it matters)

Next week, I’ll take a look at how you can collect your inventory information and what to do with it afterward. See you next time.