LUST: Lusting after the latest version before figuring out what makes sense for your organization
Before organizations can successfully migrate to Windows 7, they need to know what is in front of them and then formulate the right game plan. While most businesses will benefit from upgrading, lust for the latest version can be like merging into the fast lane without checking your blind spot. If a company’s focus is solely making the switch as soon as possible, it might not take necessary precautions to minimize the time and adjustment for end users.
More importantly, a Windows migration project is not just driving a refresh of the operating system, it can also drive key decisions that will likely impact IT organizations for years to come. Organizations should take advantage of the planning time to re-evaluate hardware vendors, software vendors, security strategies and long term management strategies.
To get started you need to launch the migration project. This planning stage can take anywhere from one to three months depending on the size of the organization, the complexity of the assessment, and the magnitude of process changes. Start by assembling a team that represents key stakeholders, such as IT operations, security operations, application testing and packaging, network administration, procurement, etc. Armed with a structured migration strategy, you can begin to lay out the steps you need to undertake to complete this project.
All it takes for a business to overcome lust is to clearly assess what it already has. Your assessment plan should gather real information about hardware, applications and security to help IT administrator’s determine when to make the move and what resources are required. If businesses do this, they will then be able to identify the potential costs and risks of migration. If they don’t do this, businesses can’t prioritize appropriately, or determine the best timing and gather the necessary resources to make the migration as smooth and effective as possible.
In addition, organizations should have a backup solution in place to ensure a risk free migration. This will help them to properly manage information and get their systems back up and running quickly should they encounter a system failure, human error or disaster. As a best practice, organizations should take a system snapshot prior to migration in case they experience an error or failure during the transition process so they can easily go back to their original infrastructure.