Although 22% of Americans believe that the world will end in their lifetime, this is not yet another blog post on the miscalculation of the Mayan Calendar. Instead, it is time to move on from the old to embrace the new - OS.
Is your organization ready for the end of support for Windows XP? If not, I hope you are in the planning stages for the migration. Of course, that would mean you need to have a Change and Release processes in place. This is a big change, so if you don’t have an ITIL-based Change Management solution, check out the offer below to get started.
According to NetMarketShare the Windows XP market share is over 38%. And as I reported recently, it is projected that XP usage will still be at about 30% when Microsoft pulls the proverbial support plug! If your IT Organization has not made a plan, then the following note from a recent post by Frederic Lardinois, Microsoft Reminds Windows XP Users They Only Have 365 Days Left Before It’ll Stop Supporting Them, might help your team gain perspective:
"Microsoft reminds the stragglers who still use XP that it takes the average enterprise 18 to 32 months to go “from business case through full deployment.” You’d think making a business case for moving to Windows 7 or 8 would be easy at this point (though Windows 8 is arguably a harder sell), but there are clearly still quite a few companies that haven’t made the move to a modern operating system yet."
That is right, 18 months at the minimum, or 6 months beyond support. So, although it is not the end to the world, more like Y2K, it is going to put additional strain on your IT Organization’s resources and you will eventually need to migrate. So, what are you waiting for?
Oh, did I mention that Office 2003 is also going the way of the Dodo - at the same time? That will definitely cause some headaches for the IT Organization and Service Desk. If you are still using Office 2003, it is past time to engage the training team and get them involved with the Office migration preparation. Sounds like a job for Change Management software. The best way to manage your upcoming migration from Office 2003 to a modern version is to plan, prepare, test and implement. All these steps are easier to manage with an easy to implement, customize and use Change Management solution.
If you have no plans to migrate from Windows XP, please share your plan to continue after end of support.
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