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Utilize Software Packaging Tools to Automate and Standardize Migrations

Minimize Disruption and Cost of Windows Migrations

Most government departments and agencies are contemplating when to undertake a Microsoft Windows 7 migration. Many want to stay in compliance with Microsoft support policies and migrate away from older operating system versions while others seek the productivity, reliability, performance and security enhancements they need.

An operating system migration can be challenging, time consuming, and costly. But a successful migration can increase security, modernize operations and unlock new avenues to cross-department and agency collaboration and transparency. So how do you minimize the risks of Windows 7 migrations? How do you realize the benefits that Windows 7 offers while minimizing the disruption and cost of an operating system migration?

Identifying and solving application compatibility issues

Ensuring applications will install and run predictably on Windows 7 is the most challenging and time-consuming task of a major operating system migration. Many traditional components and features have been changed in Windows 7 and function differently than older versions. To simplify and improve the management and deployment of applications, many organizations are combining 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 migrations with software virtualization projects with the goal of an optimized desktop infrastructure.

While a Windows 7 migration has key benefits for an organization, the risk of failure and the high profile nature of the project make it intimidating. Windows 7 migrations have significant impact on an IT organization in terms of time, budget and reputation. Ensuring application compatibility and deploying applications for optimal performance and functionality is an essential requirement. To simplify the deployment and subsequent management of applications, many IT departments are combining Windows 7 migrations with software virtualization projects with the goal of an optimized desktop infrastructure. IT organizations can expedite Windows 7 and software virtualization migrations with the right application readiness toolset that reduces risk, time and costs by analyzing application compatibility, fixing issues and creating your application in traditional MSI or virtual packages. The right toolset helps IT teams to develop clearly defined, trackable and repeatable processes for both Windows 7 and software virtualization migrations.

Best practices for Windows 7 migrations

Typically, with a major migration, IT departments must spend significant time testing and preparing their third-party and custom applications. Doing so in a cost-effective and thorough manner requires you to automate and manage the entire process, including the following steps:

Key Phases

Experts recommend having a best-of-breed software packaging technology in place prior to your Windows 7 migration project. These technologies can speed up the software packaging and testing processes, and because they are highly reliable and proven in mission critical environments they can ensure a timely, smooth migration to Windows 7. In addition, the right application packaging, application readiness, and process management technology can speed up the Windows 7 migration process while reducing risk.

Windows 7 offers many benefits over previous Microsoft operating systems. Having a specific plan based on best-practices for your Windows 7 migration and having a best-of-breed application packaging solution can minimize errors and significantly accelerate the migration of your applications to Windows 7.

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