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Before the end of the year, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 will be available but most of my customers are still using Windows XP for Workstation and VDI, Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2 for share service and application publication.

Migrating to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is a great challenge and personal computing trends are increasingly influencing the IT strategy of enterprises.

The main challenges are:

  • Accurate, in-depth understanding of applications, their usage, and future state
  • Lengthy implementation schedules
  • Skills availability
  • Demands of IT staff for more strategic projects

Why act now:

  • Windows XP SP3 support ends in April 2014.
  • Windows server 2003 and 2003 R2 support ends 2013.
  • Average migration takes 12 to 18 months for workstations and 6 months for share services.
  • Combining migration with environment-refresh reduces touches, disruption, and cost.
  • Tight budgets and demands for faster more strategic business application delivery.

The user device is increasingly at the point of convergence of multiple trends

Like any IBM engagement, smart migration and delivery (SMAD) methodology consists of phases.

Phases 1 – 7 are:

  • Awareness:  Create customer awareness of the need for a well-defined process, and the risk of failure.
  • Readiness:  Assess risk maturity and impact on the business.
  • Discovery: Discover hardware and software, user usage, and quick compatibility database comparison analysis.
  • Rationalize: Determine what applications and user devices are to be used in the future.
  • Analyze: Do an application compatibility and remediation study; analyze readiness and suitability for virtualization
  • Deployment strategy: Determine user device and application delivery and deployment strategies.
  • Remediate: Perform application remediation.

We use two main products:

  • Lakeside Systrack, I already published a blog about this solution
  • AppTitude from AppDNA which was acquired by Citrix some weeks ago.

The three main divisions of the phases are:

  • In blue: Smart Business Desktop Assessment (SysTrack)
    • Provides an accurate view of the environment
    • Measures current system performance
    • Provides application catalog for migration
    • Provides critical information for virtualization modeling
    • In green: Smart Analysis and Remediation (AppTitude)
      • Which application will run in Windows 7?
      • Which applications can be remediated?
      • Which applications will not function without rewrite or new purchase?
      • In red: Smart Capture and Migrate, and Smart Monitoring and Health Check
        • Apply personality on-demand to reliably and securely achieve seamless user experience from lower cost, standard desktop assets.
        • Continuous monitoring of critical system parameters
        • Steady state customer operation

In a next blog entry I’ll provide more information about the AppTitude product.

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