By Donald Livengood
Finding that he had been reported as dead, the American writer and humorist Mark Twain wrote, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Many IT professionals have come to feel that way about Windows XP.
Microsoft has been trying to move customers off of Windows XP since 2008. Many enterprises thumbed their noses at Vista, but Windows 7 provides a more appealing upgrade path for Windows desktops and opens the door to new capabilities that enhance usability and reduce costs. In fact, a recent study sponsored by Microsoft found that organizations running Windows XP are paying five times more in annual support costs than those that have made the leap to Windows 7. If that’s not incentive enough to move, Microsoft has stated that on April 8, 2014, all support for Windows XP will end. Yet half of large enterprises are still on XP.
In a session at HP Discover 2012 last month, I showed how to plan and execute a Windows 7 migration in a large enterprise. I described how to create a viable roadmap and walked through a migration highlighting each major activity and associated technologies. I discussed application readiness, application and image deployment, application delivery options, and virtualization and mobilization considerations. Here’s a short video of me giving an overview of the Discover 2012 presentation; for a more detailed look, check out the slides at the end of this blog.
Windows 7 migration is more than just an OS refresh. It’s an opportunity for enterprises to re-think and re-implement their end-user computing strategies. The explosion in smartphones and tablets, the needs of the mobile workforce, and the desire of workers to use the same devices they use to manage their personal lives creates an end-user computing landscape vastly different from when Windows XP was released 11 years ago. Users now need to access the same applications and the same data from anywhere and from a variety of devices. Proper planning for a move to Windows 7 opens the door to explore other technologies, such as desktop and application virtualization, and to create a desktop strategy that includes new devices and operating systems, including Windows 8 and the long-awaited Windows tablet. I discuss some of these topics in an interview with SDR News’ Andy McCaskey in this video:
SDR News interview - Donald Livengood: Windows 7 and Beyond Applications and Transformation
In HP Technical Services Consulting we have helped hundreds of enterprises successfully migrate to Windows 7 and incorporate new desktop and delivery mechanisms. You can leverage that experience in many ways, from a review of your design and migration strategy to a full blown, turn-key solution. We can also provide specialized assistance with new technologies like virtualization and mobility.
For more info, take a look at the slides from my Discover 2012 presentation, titled “The Road to Windows 7 and Beyond”:
And here’s a deeper dive into Microsoft Exchange, from my session titled “Deployment Strategies for Microsoft Exchange 2010: Virtualized, Dedicated, or Hosted Exchange?”
Listen to Donald Livengood talk about "Road to Windows 7 and beyond", interviewed by Kate Whalen on TS Straight Talk podcast series.
Learn more about HP Client Migration Services for Windows 7
Donald Livengood is a distinguished technologist in HP’s Technical Services Consulting organization. While his current focus is on client infrastructure and client virtualization, he has extensive experience with other technologies like messaging, unified communications, and directory services. He has worked with HP customers worldwide since 1983, has served as the global lead for HP’s Microsoft Technology Profession, and is currently the worldwide portfolio lead for HP’s Client Infrastructure service line. Donald is a frequent speaker at Microsoft and HP events as well as other industry events and has been a contributor to the Windows & .Net Magazine newsletter “Exchange & Outlook Administrator.” Donald was HP’s first Microsoft Certified Architect: Infrastructure, and has been named a Microsoft MVP multiple times. He is the co-author of technology books and has contributed to numerous books on Microsoft technology. Donald holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Georgia Southern University.