Forrester says big business is better off with Windows Vista and should avoid Mac OS X or Linux. Computerworld blogger Preston Gralla pointed to the study on Wednesday -- in total agreement with its findings. From the looks of things, his opinion didn't make him all that popular with readers, even in the last day.
According to the executive summary, report author Benjamin Gray concludes:
... [T]here are some harsh realities for those considering skipping Windows Vista. As a result, we're recommending that most clients start the migration to Windows Vista sooner rather than later to avoid potential pitfalls.
Gralla notes that the report doesn't stop there. Not only does Forrester suggest that big companies should begin deploying Windows Vista as soon as possible, the research firm also says that Mac OS X and Linux won't cut it. Gralla quotes the report, in part, this way:
But switching over thousands of users at a time from Windows to one of these alternative platforms is simply not a viable option.
He says Mac OS X and Linux are good for certain niches, but for large enterprises, making the move from Windows to one of the alternatives is just impractical. Interestingly, though, that's the end of the discussion. He doesn't explain how a migration from Windows would be impractical. More than that, he doesn't mention the expense and headache that could come with a Vista upgrade, and his readers have called him on it.
One, identified as mikeytag, says this:
I have yet to talk to another IT professional that actually likes the idea of deploying Vista in their organization. Almost everyone of them is looking into various distros of Linux as an alternative to get more mileage out of their existing hardware and remove vendor lock-in. I can tell you from personal experience that the benefits of switching to a Linux environment in the enterprise FAR outweigh the cons. And even outweigh the benefits of staying with Windows.
An anonymous poster also points out that the viable alternative to Windows Vista is to skip it until the next Windows operating system appears.