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Keys to success for a last-minute XP migration

Sumir Karayi, CEO, 1E | April 8, 2014
For many, time has run out. Microsoft's long-anticipated end-of-life for Windows XP has arrived and not everyone is ready for it. But for those who are still migrating, there is still time to learn from the mistakes of predecessors and take advantage of the efficiency benefits this transition offers.

The final step you need to undertake is to empower end users to perform the migration themselves. Users can initiate the migration process, for example, choosing a time when they are out of the office so their productivity doesn't suffer. Post-migration, users can be given access to a self-service app store where they can add applications that were not included in the basic OS image thus reducing IT's role as a middle man in the process of approving and installing apps for each user. By giving power to the end user, IT departments will be able to focus more on core tasks enabling efficiency and innovation.

Many companies that have migrated successfully from Windows XP have been able to simplify their IT infrastructure by up to 95%, rationalize applications across the enterprise and take advantage of automated self-service. This has meant thousands of end points being migrated every week, and in some instances, more than 30,000 PCs being migrated in one month.

This Windows migration will set the stage for future migrations. In fact, canny organizations will recognize that this migration should be viewed as a future-proof project for other Windows migrations to come. This automated approach remains applicable to migrations of all types and is set to become standard practice as OS migrations become an annual event.

Much has been learned from this migration, and through technology streamlining, future migrations will be easier for organizations.


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