Most organizations are looking to move to the Windows 7 platform, driven by the impending end of support for Windows XP, along with compelling business reasons based on the functionality that the new operating system provides. Additionally, many organizations are looking to simultaneously deploy the latest virtualization technologies, such as application virtualization, to simplify application management and reduce costs.
Despite the business benefits of migrating to Windows 7 or implementing application virtualization, these transitions can be taxing on everyone. For IT, they create extra work, longer hours and higher stress. For employees, customers and partners, they can disrupt access to vital applications and services. For management, they often spell budget overruns and end-user complaints. For the enterprise as a whole, they can delay new strategic initiatives aimed at creating competitive advantages.
Why are so many organizations still held hostage by technology transitions? Because even though software deployments and OS migrations are among the riskiest functions of IT, and the list of application preparation requirements continues to grow (application discovery, cataloging, compatibility testing, remediation and conversion, packaging, virtualization, etc), most organizations do not have a continuous process for preparing and deploying applications in a reliable, consistent way. Technology transitions are approached as a point-in-time project.
What’s needed is an efficient way to automate technology transitions — a process that not only gets you through today’s migration smoothly but also prepares you for the next. This is continuous application readiness.
This slideshow highlights the six key steps of a migration project, outlined by Flexera Software, and illustrates the major tasks within each phase.
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