Posted by: RAH Infotech | December 11, 2012

10 Rules for Streamlining Windows 7/8 Migrations

Quest Software enables application compatibility, automation and virtualization to reduce migration time, cost and risk

Quest Software, Inc. (now a part of Dell) enables organizations to clear significant hurdles associated with Windows 7/8 migrations by identifying the top rules for streamlining the process, while reducing costs and corporate risk. Companies often underestimate the major obstacles caused by application compatibility issues brought on by Windows migrations, which can involve laborious, time-consuming manual processes.  While every organization—regardless of size—has different variables that can affect migrations, a core set of requirements for preparing, planning, organizing, and implementing the process remains the same. As a leader in application compatibility and a known, trusted partner in Windows 7/8 migrations, Quest  has drawn upon its extensive  experience in performing migrations worldwide, to develop 10 rules for avoiding undue cost and risk by leveraging best practices for application compatibility, automation and virtualization.

Ten Rules for a Streamlined Windows 7/8 Migration:

1.       Plan the migration ─ Scope and assess the project to get a clear understanding of cost, resources and time required.

2.       Rationalize the application list ─ Retiring older, incompatible versions and consolidating where possible means IT doesn’t spend valuable resources migrating what isn’t needed.

3.       Don’t forget the “unmanaged applications” ─ they can be the silent killers of any migration.

4.       Conduct application compatibility assessment as early as possible; accurate results help ensure that rationalization decisions are sound.

5.       Automate where ever possible ─ Don’t assume all steps in the migration will be performed  in one clean swoop; automation is the only way to ensure that any step that is repeated is consistent, which can save up to 50 percent in time and costs needed for migrations.

6.       Don’t neglect Web applications ─ More and more mission-critical apps depend on Web applications. Since Windows includes Internet Explorer, successful migrations require the resolution of any issues around Web-based applications early.

7.       Build automated application assessment into the existing packaging service so new apps will stream in throughout the migration, improving user experience significantly while saving weeks to months on the migration project, as well as needed budget.

8.       Virtualize applications ─ Usable apps are portable apps, so, in today’s mobile and remote work environment, applications should be virtualized to ensure they are available when and where users need them.

9.       Be prepared for multiple build changes ─ Know that as the migration project progresses, the Windows build will undergo change. This understanding will enable greater agility and responsiveness to change, which leads to faster, smoother migrations.

10.   Have a plan for how to complete User Acceptance Testing (UAT) ─ Leveraging desktop virtualization speeds and streamlines user acceptance testing, which results in more satisfied users and IT organizations, alike.

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