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Microsoft, HP and App-DNA Discuss the Journey to Windows 7

App-DNA, the application compatibility specialist today unveiled two videos that highlight the application migration and compatibility issues organisations face as they move to Windows 7.  The roundtable discussion, hosted by technology journalist, Cliff Saran features input from Chris Jackson, Microsoft’s ‘App Compat Guy’, Andy Wray, the head of Microsoft Practice at HP and Paul Schnell, CTO of App-DNA. The videos can be viewed here: http://www.app-dna.com/news/Journey-to-Windows-7.asp

 
Key discussion points include:
  • Why enterprises are moving to Windows 7 so soon
  • Why Service Pack 1 isn’t delaying the market
  • Why this is the ideal opportunity to optimize your desktops
  • The new record for number of apps in one enterprise (the old record was 91,000!)
  • Why app compatibility is THE Number 1 challenge
  • What the main stumbling blocks are for the apps that will struggle to migrate
  • How you can emerge from this migration with much better app management processes
  • Where virtualization, 64-bit and server-based computing fit in
 
Additional data points that arise from the panel debate include recent customer research highlighting the fact that 25% of those organisations questioned, plan to deploy Windows 7 this year and 25% next year. Chris Jackson for Microsoft also highlighted that the new record for the number of applications a customer wanted to migrate as part of an OS migration now stands at 120,000.
 
Paul Schnell, CTO for App-DNA commented: “Windows 7 is an evolution of Windows Vista and the majority of corporate IT departments are now accepting that the prospect of adopting a release to manufacture version of Windows 7 is a viable option. In fact, for many of the world’s largest enterprises, the migration to Windows 7 is already underway. This emphatically, is not the wait and see attitude we experienced with Vista.”
 
Schnell added: “The main step for any organisation wanting to migrate its application estate to Windows 7 is one of application compatibility. That said, things have moved on in terms of automated testing and while organisations may have been looking at a year to eighteen month for OS migration projects three years ago, we are now looking at far more accurate  results in a matter of weeks, or at most months.”
Published Thursday, April 29, 2010 5:51 AM by David Marshall
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