Symantec conducted a survey of more than 1,300 IT managers across the globe to help determine best, and worst, practices that will help make future Windows 7 migrations successful. For example, the survey found that planning plays a key role in smooth upgrades: More than 80 percent of companies said that this planning was helpful in facilitating the migration, as well as minimizing the cost. The typical survey respondent felt that if a company had 10 or more PCs, it was worth investing in a solution to automate, and most companies automated about 54 percent of the tasks associated with the migration process. One IT manager for a midsized consulting company said, “We picked a smaller department and used them as guinea pigs until we got all the kinks out. At that point, we knew where we stood and could automate the rest.” The key findings of the survey confirm that a sound migration plan and an integrated, automated solution are key ingredients of a successful migration to Windows 7.
Christine Ewing, Director of Product Marketing, Endpoint Management Group