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Windows 10 migration could be the change needed to bring about Digital Transformation


The Windows 10 migration may seem like a daunting task. But if done properly it could be the catalyst for bringing about Digital Transformation in your workplace.  

Microsoft launched the widely-used Windows 7 in October 2009 with a promise of a 10-year support package. With this soon drawing to a close, as of 14th January 2020, many businesses are now realising that sticking with the older operating system is no longer an option for three reasons:

  • No more security updates
  • No support if things go wrong
  • Fewer drivers are being made for Windows 7

 

Whilst we understand that a Windows 10 migration can seem like an overwhelming task for an already overstretched IT team, organisations of all sizes recognise that running an unsupported OS is not worth the risk. If you’ve not already begun your Windows 10 migration, now is the time to start. 

 

Accepting change  

As of September 2018, Windows held the market share of the operating systems at 87%.6%.  

  • Windows XP – 3.2%
  • Windows 8 – 6%
  • Windows 7 – 41%
  • Windows 10 – 37%

 

We know that change can be unsettling, but it’s also necessary. The end of Windows 7 is going to create a huge amount of work for a lot of people. And really there are only two options when we have change forced upon us:  

  • Accept it and see it as an opportunity
  • Do nothing and hope for the best

 

An opportunity, not a chore  

According to Ricoh’s ‘Economy of People’ report, 91% of executives believe productivity would increase significantly by investing in workplace modernisation.    

 

Windows 10 migration presents a huge opportunity to transform your organisation’s IT services and introduce more efficient ways of working. Not only is it a much faster operating system that will enable employees to be more productive, it also helps companies promote flexible working with the use of its remote and collaborative tools.   

 

It is the foundation for a more innovative, technologically advanced IT infrastructure and the basis for a truly modern workplace.

 

Benefits of Migrating to Windows 10  

 

1) The last major operating system upgrade 

Microsoft has said that the objective is for Windows 10 to be the last major, large-scale upgrade. In future, updates and patches will be delivered as a service, on a regular basis.  

 

Given that Windows and SQL 2008 R2 Servers are also going end of life, now is the perfect time to review your company’s IT infrastructure as a whole. Use this as a chance to open discussions for other workplace transformation projects and implement new technology across your business making it fit for purpose now and in the future.  

 

2) Reduces the burden on IT teams  

Windows 10 is changing the way desktop IT is managed. Using a virtual desktop, installations can be centralised making troubleshooting and deploying updates quicker and easier to manage.  

 

A number of management tools, such as UEM (Unified Endpoint Management) and MMAT (Mobile Device Management Migration Analysis Tool), will help save time. They free up IT administrators to focus on the features that are available and how they can be used to improve the business.  

 

3) Cost savings and increased operational efficiency  

EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) functionality is a feature now available in Windows 10. By eliminating staging areas/test environments, you can dramatically improve the management of Windows while lowering operational costs.  

 

By evaluating user groups and existing application licenses you can make a more informed decision on the number of licenses your business really needs and get specific about which apps employees need to do their jobs effectively.  

 

How can Digicorp support you?  

We can help take the pressure off your IT team by providing the consultation, support and the necessary actions required to implement Windows 10. From the initial assessment to deployment and aftercare, we work with you to develop solutions that ensure a seamless transition and create a stable, manageable IT infrastructure for many years to come. Contact us at [email protected]