81% of new PCs have Windows 7 preinstalled.
The biggest challenge with Windows 7 is the issue of application compatibility. A lot of legacy applications are expected to not support Windows 7. It is important to know which of your applications will run on the new operating system and which ones will not. Many organizations are still using home-developed applications from the DOS period, which simply will not work on Windows 7.
With the decision to skip Vista (and even XP in some cases) many organizations have not upgraded their OS in several years, so processes are outdated. Analysts presume that it will take at least 12-18 months to effectively plan and prepare for a successful migration. Manual or semi-automatic methods to migrate and manage the operating system just won’t cut it in the current circumstances of reduced IT headcount, increased pressure to deliver business value and the need to manage what is probably the largest single IT project of recent years.
With FrontRange Desktop and Server Management (DSM), you can automate the entire process dramatically reducing the operating costs of the infrastructure as well as the burden on the IT department. The FrontRange Four Step migration approach “plan, discover, deploy, manage” is a best practices guide to help you plan, execute and manage the move to Windows 7 with full testing, deployment and imaging capabilities in an integrated solution. Our DSM solution automates the complete end-to-end implementation of operating system installation, eliminating costly manual errors and minimizing user downtime. Automated Operating System Migration and Deployment. It’s just another way FrontRange is helping you get a handle on the next generation of client computing.
* Source: Forrester Research: Updated 2010: Windows 7 Commercial Adoption Outlook, November 2010