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CEwing | 13 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

Organizations everywhere have either made the jump to Windows 7 or are planning to do so. As discussed in our 2010 Windows 7 Migration Survey Report, there are common characteristics and practices among companies who were successful in their upgrade, offering others the opportunity to avoid the same bumps in the road. The conclusion of the study was that a smooth and efficient migration to Windows 7 requires a sound migration plan and an integrated, automated solution.

There are plenty of tools available to help with automation, security, backup, virtualization and other parts of the process, but not all organizations have the resources to buy such solutions. And in some cases their current machines do not even meet the requirements for the upgrade. You can imagine the predicament of a smaller business, non-profit, school or other type of organization that wants to upgrade, but isn’t able to afford it.


CEwing | 21 Oct 2010 | 0 comments

If you’re preparing to migrate your company’s system over to Windows 7 – or even just considering it – chances are you’re going to want to talk to some people who have been there and done that. Getting the inside scoop from those who have migrated can give you a heads-up on potential speed bumps, hurdles to avoid and valuable insight that can save your company time and money.

Luckily, Symantec did all the asking around for you in the 2010 Windows 7 Migration Survey. We have the information you need from more than 1,300 of your fellow IT managers across the globe to make your Windows 7 migration a success. Take a look at some of our key findings:

Preparation for your migration

Respondents said that their IT teams spent an average of 10 hours in preparation for the upgrade – including planning, training and performing pilot tests. More than 80 percent of companies said that this planning was helpful in facilitating the...

CEwing | 11 Oct 2010 | 1 comment

Believe it or not, we’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the release of Windows 7.  Those who have moved to the new operating system rave about its sleekness, speed, simplicity and other improvements over previous systems.  But according to Symantec’s State of the Enterprise Security survey, just 9 percent of enterprises had actually made the switch as of February 2010.

This low number is actually pretty typical of such an upgrade.  Many companies choose to let some time pass between the initial launch of the product and their own implementation to ensure that any potential bugs and kinks are worked out.  A year after its launch, Windows 7 appears to be stable, efficient and ready to be embraced by the masses.

As you consider your own Windows 7 migration, you’re probably curious about how other companies handled the switch.  You’d probably like to know where they ran into trouble, what tips they learned along...

CEwing | 12 Jul 2010 | 1 comment

Getting dumped is never fun, but let’s face it, being the one who ends the relationship can be just as difficult. It’s hard to walk away from something you’ve invested time in—not to mention money. But these problems aren’t just limited to fairytales that don’t end in “happily ever after.” Businesses have the same relationship woes, and can feel deflated when they aren’t getting what they need from their current operating system. If this is the case, it may be time to call it quits.

Chances are you and the old OS have been through a lot together—crashes, freezes, support issues—but rather than bring you closer together, these issues are likely wearing you down and resulting in more rebooting than computing.

Windows 7 was released in...