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Survey Finds Enterprises Migrating to Windows 10 Faster Than Expected

Article Written by Anne Baker, Vice President of Marketing, Adaptiva

A recent study from Adaptiva-the 2017 Windows 10 Enterprise Impact Survey-found that enterprises from every industry vertical are accelerating their efforts to migrate systems to the Windows 10 operating system and that many enterprises may have reached a tipping point in their migration planning cycles. 

The study, which surveyed 446 enterprise IT professionals across North America, determined that 99 percent of the respondents' companies planned to migrate to Windows 10, citing security as a major motivating factor. Of those, 53 percent have already migrated more than 10 percent of their systems to Windows 10. While 28 percent are already more than halfway through, that number is expected to jump to 52 percent next year. Worth celebrating, 10 percent of companies have already completed their Windows 10 migrations.

These findings are in marked contrast to both previous projections and the delays we continue to hear about the lengthy migration cycles. A similar survey conducted last year estimated that only 7.2 percent of respondents' companies expected to be more than halfway through their Windows 10 migrations by this time.

"The enterprise now appears to be embracing Windows 10 more aggressively than we would have expected from last year's results," said Jim Souders, chief executive officer at Adaptiva. "It's taken IT leaders a bit longer to get to this point than most industry experts anticipated a year or two ago, but now they're finding that once they've completed their lengthy planning cycle and decided on their automation solutions, they can move rather quickly."

Respondents report more optimism about those lengthy planning cycles to migrate to the newest version of Windows: A third of the respondents expect to complete their migration planning in less than three months. But that optimism is not universal-half of the respondents estimate four to six months before they begin migrating in earnest.

At the same time, a majority of the IT professionals surveyed expect to take less than a year to complete their migrations from the time they begin formal efforts. A majority of respondents estimate that it will be four to twelve months to complete the migration, and only 14 percent expect it to take longer.

The increasing use of automation tools designed to facilitate migration to Windows 10 might be the source of this unexpected burst of optimism about the planning and initiation of migration. Forty-two percent of respondents anticipate that the majority of their systems (90 percent or more) will be migrated to Windows 10 without any manual intervention, while a third expect to intervene manually on only 10 percent or less of the systems.

"IT leaders are discovering that there's more that can be automated than they expected, and that makes it easier to enable a small team of people to accomplish Windows 10 deployment tasks in a short amount of time," said Souders. Respondents seem to agree with Souder's assessment: Nearly half of the respondents indicated that they will complete their migration efforts with a team of five or fewer IT professionals.

Even with these significant innovations, nearly 60 percent of IT leaders identified that time remains the greatest obstacle to Windows 10 migration and expect that migration will take between two and four hours per system-and even 13 percent expect the migration to take 24 hours or more per system! Half of the survey participants anticipate verifying that all data had made it back to people's systems post migration will be the most time-consuming task.

Migration to Windows 10 appears to be gaining speed, faster than experts can anticipate, and soon enough, Windows 10 will become the operating norm for companies throughout the U.S.

The full report on the Windows 10 Enterprise Impact Survey is available at

For companies who are looking for Windows 10 deployment strategies and best practices, a Windows 10 OSD Primer by Ami Casto, technical evangelist at Adaptiva, is available at


About the Author


Anne Baker brings to the company a unique combination of over 15 years of high-tech marketing experience with a technical engineering background. Anne holds a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Seattle University. Her work has earned her recognition as one of the "100 Top Women in Seattle Technology" by the Puget Sound Business Journal and one of the "Top 50 Women in Mobile Content" by Mobile Entertainment Magazine. Anne has led the launch strategies for emerging start-up companies as well as created global campaigns for leading technology companies, such as Microsoft and SAP. For more information on Adaptiva, the market leader in smart scaling systems management, please visit, and follow the company at LinkedInFacebook and Twitter. 

Published Friday, June 30, 2017 9:33 AM by David Marshall
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