Perhaps the biggest leading indicator of the success of Microsoft's Windows 7 platform is the number of IT organizations deploying the first release of a brand new operating system.
According to a survey of 923 IT professionals conducted by KACE, a provider of automated systems management tools for Window environments, 46 percent said they were deploying the first iteration of Windows 7. The number of IT organizations that are deploying Windows 7 across their entire organization is still relatively few. But the fact that so many IT organizations are actively supporting Windows 7 already shows there is a lot to like in Windows 7.
While there are many reasons IT organizations should embrace Windows 7, the top two appear to be better performance and enhanced security. And while it's true that there are still concerns over application compatibility with Windows XP applications, the number of instances where this is likely to be an issue seems to be relatively few.
Wynn White, vice president of marketing for KACE, which is in the process of being acquired by Dell, says the most telling aspect of the survey is the number of IT organizations that still manually migrate users to new operating systems. Obviously, KACE has an interest in getting customers to adopt a more automated approach to that process, which given all the things that IT organizations have to do makes a fair amount of sense.
There are, of course,a number of pitfalls to look out for and a number of tools you can use today to accomplish that migration. But White points out that there is nothing like the adoption of new operating system to get customers to rethink their approach to systems management, which many vendors will argue needs to become more automated to help keep IT management costs under control.
For most IT organizations, it's only a matter of time before they have to deal with Windows 7. In fact, some would argue that Windows 7 is basically a maintenance release that IT organizations need to embrace. The only real question is on what terms will they do it?