IT spring cleaning first step to windows 7 & 8 migrations.2012 is the year of Windows 7 migrations, driven by the impending im·pend
intr.v. im·pend·ed, im·pend·ing, im·pends
1. To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.
2. end of support for Windows XP The previous client version of Windows. XP was a major upgrade to the client version of Windows 2000 with numerous changes to the user interface. XP improved support for gaming, digital photography, instant messaging, wireless networking and sharing connections to the Internet. . Many organisations see this as an opportunity to also simultaneously deploy the latest virtualisation technologies such as application virtualisation to simplify application management and reduce costs.
Mission critical operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. (OS) migrations and software deployments are amongst the riskiest IT initiatives and yet they are approached as 'point-in-time' projects that are implemented with minimal or no planning. Enterprises often don't have an understanding of the applications they have installed and which of those that need to be migrated to the next OS. As companies embark on their Windows 7 migration and virtualisation projects today, or go straight for Windows 8 migration in the near future; the fundamental step to the success will be 'Application Rationalisation' - an IT spring cleaning Spring cleaning is the period in spring time set aside for cleaning a house, normally applied in colder climates, where the house is difficult to clean during winter. exercise to ascertain what software must be retained and what is not required. This application inventory stock taking will provide an accurate view of the applications that are deployed and which ones are actually being used. Further analysing application usage will provide a deeper level of insight on the level of their usage.
This rationalisation of the application estate will also help address desktop application sprawl. Businesses can significantly reduce the number of versions and products through this process, potentially saving the organisation considerable amount of monies. Consider this in view of the fact that Gartner estimates that businesses potentially spend between $1500-2000 of software per device - the cost savings from reduced applications can be substantial.
The need for application rationalisation is now becoming more pronounced with the consumerisation of IT and BYOD BYOD Bring Your Own Device
BYOD Bring Your Own Drink
BYOD Bring Your Own Disk
BYOD Bring Your Own Drugs
BYOD Bring Your Own Dice (gaming)
BYOD Bring Your Own Dessert
BYOD Buy Your Own Drinks trends, which if not approached systematically, can result in IT departments losing control of their IT estates, but with the compliance responsibility resting squarely in their shoulders. Already, Gartner believes that today organisations overspend o·ver·spend
v. o·ver·spent , o·ver·spend·ing, o·ver·spends
To spend more than is prudent or necessary.
1. by 40 per cent due to fear of audits. Against this backdrop, as organisations now look to offer enterprise AppStores to meet staff demand for varied applications, an in-depth understanding of the applications that are truly required by users will ensure that the business critical applications are well supported.
In summary, an application rationalisation process enables organisations to identify deployed and used applications, and eliminate duplicate and unnecessary software. With most companies updating, repackaging and deploying over 30 per cent of their applications annually due to new versions, upgrades and patches, the requirement for application rationalisation in reality extends beyond one-off Windows 7 and Windows 8 migrations and enterprise AppStores projects - it must be an ongoing process.
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