Chris Hykin of Stone Group reveals his top tips for healthcare organisations planning to migrate to a more modern Windows platform
With less than a year until Microsoft removes its support of Windows XP, it is essential that healthcare organisations affected act now and realise the benefits offered by upgrading to another platform. In this article, CHRIS HYKIN, solutions delivery manager at Stone Group, identifies the top five tips for migration
According to a report by analysts IDC in June 2012, not only will migrating to a more modern Windows platform help organisations to minimise the risk from any security breaches, they will also save money.
For example, it is forecast that the additional cost of running XP over Windows 7 is an incremental of £460 per PC per year for IT and end user labour costs. It is also an opportunity to embrace new learning models supported by the technology and devices that complement the new operating system (OS).
Recognising the benefits of migrating to a more modern OS is one thing, but actually migrating is a different matter altogether.
As with any IT change project, there are common threads to follow which will help avoid the most common pitfalls. Here are my top tips:
In summary, if these steps are followed then organisations should be in a good position to ensure a seamless migration.
It should be remembered that if individuals are facing any difficulties then experience is everything. Consider bringing in a Microsoft partner to help with your project – this will likely reduce time to migration by up to 80%.