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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.

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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...

LeslieMiller | 17 Jun 2010 | 17 comments

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Breaking up IS hard to do!  Neil Sedaka sang about it and you know how true it is.  It's never been easy.  But Symantec is here to help.  We are providing a forum for those of you who have already kicked your old operating system to the curb so that you can guide others  considering the move onto the greener pastures of Windows 7. Submit your  best break up story - or worst, as a cautionary tale - that you experienced during your Windows 7 migration and earn 100 points for sharing your insights. One lucky winner will be selected to receive $5,000 worth of prizes of their choosing for the best breakup story and advice.  Submissions must be received by August 31st, 2010.

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Gary T Brown | 30 Mar 2010 | 0 comments

A recent survey conducted before and after the launch of Windows 7 revealed that 20 percent of IT professionals polled have sped up their timetable for upgrading to Windows 7. Those polled said the operating system’s speed and user interface are the main reasons to upgrade.
 
But upgrading an entire business isn’t like flipping a switch, and being hasty will make your migration go south quickly. As with any journey, migration to Windows 7 requires a plan and preparation. Here are some guidelines to ensure a smooth ride:
 
Formulate a road map: Before you can successfully migrate to Windows 7, you need to know what is in front of you.  Haste to upgrade too quickly can be like a bird attempting to flee the nest before its wings are ready. Avoid looking for shortcuts, and start by assembling a team that represents key stakeholders such as IT operations, security operations, application testing and packaging, network...

CEwing | 11 Nov 2009 | 1 comment

WRATH: Not taking the right steps to avoid the wrath of your CIO if the migration doesn’t go well

Every company has had its share of network or endpoint computer problems during a typical work day. These issues result in anger and frustration from the end users affected and an increased number of trouble tickets routed through the helpdesk. If communication about a migration is mishandled, these roadblocks will multiply as more end users are unable to access the applications they need to do their jobs. Unchecked, these problems can also affect the choices of key decision makers, causing negative repercussions for IT in the long run.

The human element is easy to overlook when talking technology, but communication before and during migration can go a long way in avoiding wrath throughout the process. IT managers should identify key decision makers and work closely with them throughout the process. The company’s migration should be...

CEwing | 10 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

GREED: Failing to run a test or pilot to test the migration

For any organization, upgrading operating systems can be exciting. But if the anticipation leads to an attempt at immediate adoption without first testing the deployment process, that greedy haste will cause headaches. If the process has any complications or glitches, going straight to implementation isn’t a shortcut, it’s a shortfall.

All it takes to overcome greed is a simple pilot test of the new operating system, applications and custom settings before a full deployment. The IT administrator should implement a pilot program to run the new system, see how it goes and make any necessary adjustments. The end result is a smoother migration, happier end users and less calls to the service desk.

The first aspect to consider is whether any necessary network changes are required to support the migration. You will need to implement the network changes identified...

CEwing | 09 Nov 2009 | 0 comments

SLOTH: Being lazy with your migration, not preparing your applications or capturing the right setting and personalities of your endpoints

During a migration you should never forget that corporate computer users don’t like change. End users want to start up their computers and see exactly what they expect—the same printer and network settings, background pictures, Internet favorites, and everything they’ve personalized in their most-used enterprise applications. Every Windows 7 migration needs to ensure that the user experiences less disruption and less negative impact during the process.

Successful migration to Windows 7 is possible, but it doesn’t happen by chance. Laziness in preparing applications or capturing settings for each client will leave IT lacking at the time of migration. And no one wants end users complaining to management and damaging the overall perception of the process (just wait for our blog on Wrath...

bduckering | 06 Nov 2009 | 0 comments
ENVY:  Wishing the environment was more flexible and dynamic than it is

Now that Windows 7 is upon us, a familiar dread is falling over IT managers around the world.  Staff levels are often barely sufficient to support daily maintenance tasks, leaving an OS migration to mean many extra hours and restless nights.  First comes application retesting in every conceivable combination (in multiple images), application license reconciling, and system and personality backups.  Then come the expected weeks and months of helpdesk calls and lost productivity, as users discover the many additional ways that their systems and applications may become unstable or unusable.  All of this anticipation leads to envy of a hypothetical flexible environment where applications migrate without a hitch, systems dynamically configure themselves to the logged in user, and there are no sleepless nights.

 
Today,...