Take one glance at the news and it’s clear that economic worries haven’t gone away. But despite the need to keep costs down, there are some things you can’t keep putting off – and Windows 7 migration is one of them. It’s expensive, but the more you delay, the more expensive it will get.
So how can you be sure your Windows 7 migration – or any large migration project for that matter – doesn’t become a bottomless pit?
Here are four ways you can save money and enjoy a smoother migration:
1) Avoid Duplication
: A Windows 7 migration is an ideal opportunity to build an agile app estate ready for virtualisation, cloud, mobile or any other challenge. Doing it in one process means you don’t have to repeat your work and processes for a second or third time.
2) Automated Discovery
: You need a thorough understanding of your app estate before you move or you’ll be wasting time and money in all sorts of ways: migrating unused apps, discovering dependencies too late, trying to migrate apps that are never going to work on the new platform. A comprehensive, automated discovery phase is critical to keeping costs down.
(And you don’t want to be doing it manually or it will take months. You’re going to need integrated, automated discovery and compatibility testing tools. We use – and naturally recommend – our own Camwood Survey
for discovery and AppTitude from App-DNA
for app-compat testing.)
: Why pay to migrate all the apps you don’t need? That adds up to hundreds of man-days in testing, packaging and sequencing – not to mention millions of pounds in licensing, support and management costs going forward. We’ve got more on this subject
4) Capture Knowledge
: Large-scale migrations are often so stressful that no one wants to think about the next one. Stick it in a spread-sheet and the knowledge gleaned during the migration will soon be forgotten, meaning you need to start from scratch when the next time comes around. Documenting your apps and processes now will save a whole lot of work – and money – later. Better still, use an application lifecycle management (ALM) tool to make sure that all relevant info about every app (utilisation, license cost, categorisation, compatibility, dependencies…) is always available.
(Can we recommend an ALM tool? Why, we just happen to have one of our own
– it’s what we use for every client migration we undertake, and we wouldn’t even consider doing a project without it.)
If you’ve got upwards of 500 apps in your estate, a large migration is always going to be complex. But why make it more complex and more expensive than it needs to be. Here are a couple of resources to help you get your migration on the right track:
Our 11 Mistakes in Windows 7 Migration
tells you how to avoid common migration pitfalls.
for to arrange a trial (no obligation) of our ALM tool.