Rapid Journey to Windows 7

So how did Tube Lines achieve migration in weeks when organisations of a similar size are planning for months of disruption? It’s simple. Tube Lines keeps its app estate lean and updated between migrations with ongoing application management. This commitment meant they avoided huge migration costs, thanks to an application estate already in prime shape. Migration Highlights:
  • Rationalise from 500 to 300 apps to reduce support, management and license costs.
  • Capture learning with Camwood Application Lifecycle Manager (ALM) software.
  • Centralise best-practice governance processes (from discovery through to deployment).
  • Enable ‘True Down’ of software licenses to reflect usage for cost savings.
  • Provide on-demand capacity with Camwood consultants, resources, toolsets and reports.
  • Accelerate Windows 7 migration from months to weeks.
“Camwood enabled us to accelerate much of the work commonly associated with a major migration. It was quick and cost-effective because we keep an agile app estate. Ongoing management means we can make changes with zero business disruption and keep focused on the strategic goals ahead.”  Bhadresh Sachania, Head of PMO, Tube Lines Download the case study now and find out how we helped Tube Lines on their journey to Windows 7.

You’re ready to migrate your applications – But where?

Application Migration Deployment Strategy

You’ve rationalised down to a lean, mean application portfolio. You’ve got a rich, detailed Application Knowledge Base. You’re ready to migrate. The only question is: migrate where? The final stage in the Application Migration Intelligence process is the development of a deployment strategy that makes sense for the business. It’s time to decide how you want to optimise your desktops – whether it’s Windows 7, App-V, Citrix, server-based computing or a combination. Whether it’s 32-bit, 64-bit or a blend. The critical idea here is that, because you’ve gone through a systematic intelligence gathering process, you’re completely qualified to make this call. Without the insight generated from Application Migration Intelligence, you’re flying blind. We’ve seen large businesses get 75% through an expensive migration before realising their most critical apps won’t migrate to the chosen platform.


The biggest input to your deployment strategy, of course, is your App Compat test result. This lets you see not only how many apps are ready to go but how difficult it will be to remediate the others. Other considerations that will inform your deployment strategy include:
  • Office 2010 impacts – do your apps play nicely with the new Office?
  • Web browser impacts – how about Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10?
  • Data impacts – will the migration break your database infrastructure?
Take these all into consideration and your deployment strategy will be more accurate, more effective and much more efficient. That’s what it’s all about. Your Application Migration Intelligence job is done. It’s time to kick off the smoothest, fastest and lowest-cost migration you’ve ever run. Download our Application Migration Intelligence eBook for more information on this and how to get to this point in your application migration.

8 Top Tips for an Enlightened Migration

With end of support for Windows XP looming, organisations are looking to move to new operating systems. One of the main stumbling blocks to this is often application migration. The experts at Camwood have revealed their eight top tips to successful app management – not just for enterprises considering migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8 but for those who want to successfully manage their app portfolio on an ongoing basis.

Eight top tips to ensuring an effective application rationalisation process:

1. Usage: Businesses need to understand how often apps are used across the corporate estate. This should be assessed by looking at the number of application instances, (the most basic measure), and an assessment of real-time use, (which is much more useful). At least three months worth of analysis is recommended to allow for month and quarter end usage patterns. Accurate usage assessment requires some quite specialist monitoring tools. We’re big advocates of capturing real human interaction; as signified by mouse and key-board-use and in-app user-activity, as opposed to an app simply being open or running in the background. If you’re unsure consult an expert. 2. Categorisation: Answer these questions – What do the apps within the business do? Do any have overlapping functionality? Can duplicated applications be removed from the estate? It is vital that a business understands the business criticality of its various apps, before they can make any decisions about removing them. 3. Supportability: Businesses have to make a value judgement of every app depending on whether it is supported by a software vendor, and whether support is actually required. An unsupported app is often a bad investment and a security risk, and may eventually become more of a liability than an asset. This should be considered when deciding whether to remove or replace that application. 4. Licensing: It is important that the licensing cost information is considered. Are expensive applications being used and contributing to enterprise and user productivity? Can this be quantified? All else being equal, a rationalisation process will weight against an expensive yet largely useless app. 5. Environmental impact: Some applications simply use more power than others. How does the businesses??? use of particular applications contribute to or compromise sustainability commitments? Weighed-up against other factors such as cost of the app and usage, is this enough to influence application choice? 6. Suitability of the app on the new platform: It is vital to check that your existing apps will be compatible on the platform to which you are migrating. And we wholly endorse an automated process to achieve this. 7. Remember it’s about users, not just IT: The application estate is where IT meets its users. When migrating applications a business is actually migrating users as well. As such, a primary consideration should be whether users have the right tools to be productive. Having to re-visit rationalisation decisions because users are not happy would suggest a process that lacked user consultation and implications for productivity. 8. Focus on ongoing rationalisation: As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Businesses should make on-going rationalisation of their application estate a part of their mind-set in order to keep the business running at peak efficiency, rather than waiting until they encounter costly problems at crucial flashpoints, such as the migration to a new platform. Want to know more? Our interconnected application migration services turn chaotic portfolios into lean, agile toolsets that are easier to manage, quicker to migrate, cheaper to run and ready for the hybrid demands of the future.

Excellence as Usual – support your business more effectively

We’re in a privileged position. We get handed the keys to some of the biggest, most sophisticated application portfolios in the world. And we build up an aggregated view of what the corporate world does well, and what it could do better. We see it as our duty to turn what we learn into optimised processes that save our customers money and support their business more effectively. So here goes: when it comes to the application lifecycle or active management of app estates, it’s time to say goodbye to business as usual and carrying on like before. And time to say hello to excellence as usual and a dynamic process with continuous improvement built-in. Application Governance Typical application governance processes oversee the allocation of resources based on, usually, standardised policies, procedures and rules. They do some things well but they should do better: they’re slow and compliant rather than fast and agile. They respond to subjective requests rather than objective data. And they let down businesses by failing to deliver intelligence on dynamic changes to the way applications are being used, supported and licensed. The end result is on-going chaos instead of perpetual agility. So what do you do to build dynamic intelligence into your static governance processes?  There are 10 key elements of application status management you need to master:
  1. Monitor application usage – Understand the usage of each application. This includes both how often it’s used, who’s using it and how much is being used.
  2. Adapt to significant changes – A change in application usage means its value is either on the up or on the wane. If the trend turns into a pattern then it’s time to adapt.
  3. Stay true on licenses – Why wait for software asset management processes for a painful alignment on licenses?  It pays to keep them right as you go.
  4. Increase or decrease count – Pass on the implications for procurement and let them understand the changes in application dynamics for better forward planning.
  5. Consider application alternatives – There are plenty application alternatives that better suit your business, particularly in an era of hybrid strategies and cloud alternatives.
  6. Retire the deadwood – There is no point in keeping the apps with plummeting usage and business value. But it happens. All the time.
  7. Decommission data – Don’t forget that data can live on when applications die.  An improvement process caters for any associated data.
  8. Follow support status – A change in support status can mean a dramatic change in organisation costs and stability. But it’s rare to find processes that consider these changes.
  9. Plan for new versions – Your supplier’s bringing out a new version, but that doesn’t mean you upgrade blind. It could be another time to consider better business alternatives.
  10. Patch management – The next patch coming downstream might be simple enough. Or, if you’re not ready, might lead to a panic and a drain on scarce resources.
These are just ten steps to turn static processes into vibrant, dynamic and excellent everyday processes. We could let you into more…

Windows XP: A load on your mind?

Last week our partner Browsium released figures that really demonstrate how far enterprises have to go before the end of XP in 2014. The browser compatibility specialist claims Windows 7 is running in just 20 per cent of large enterprises, with what are expected to be “the most difficult migrations” yet to come. CIOs, system integrators and even Microsoft’s own sales force back up this estimation according to Browsium. Looking at the comments in this article by The Register; there certainly seem to be a lot of people concerned about upcoming Windows 7 migrations.  Browsium believes that the majority of migrations so far have been some of the simplest; mostly schools and small and medium-sized businesses. And it also claims that, even with the support termination date on the horizon, around 80% of companies with over 10,000 computers are still running Windows XP. “Regardless of your optimistic or pessimistic view of ’50 per cent’, we’re finding trouble brewing behind the data, when you look at very large enterprise – banks, healthcare and insurance companies, government organisations” Browsium wrote here. “The picture is not so rosy. These enterprises are struggling to migrate.” Trouble brewing We know from personal experience that the bigger organisations are the ones that face the most trouble. We’ve worked with large enterprises to rationalise their application portfolios containing hundreds of apps that are out-dated, unnecessary or unlicensed. These larger enterprises usually have bigger application portfolios and in this game size matters. Time is ticking for enterprises that haven’t started to consider escaping the aging grip of XP. Once support ends in 2014 there’ll be no more security updates, opening up enterprise computer systems to the risk of malware, viruses and even industrial espionage. Business critical applications will become entrenched in an increasingly out-dated system, making it even harder to migrate at a later date. And any updates to these applications may render them incompatible with your companies dated operating system. There’s no point getting scared or putting migration off. Enterprises need an expert to help develop a clear application migration strategy.  If you’re in the right hands a migration can be seamless and streamlined; yet more reasons why we believe an Enlightened Migration is the way to go.