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Dell reveals five major migration hurdles

Dell has revealed the five major migration hurdles and the five best practices to effectively address each phase of migration planning and execution.

The company is helping customers accelerate their Windows migrations with a set of state-of-the-art tools that automate both pre- and post- deployment tasks, bringing benefits such as lower costs, shorter migration times, and fewer labour requirements.

A recent survey sponsored by Dell Software and carried out by Dimensional Research found that companies of all sizes are tackling a range of migration issues and concerns, and with 47 per cent revealing they had not completed migration off Windows XP, and with the average operating system migration time being between 12 and 24 months, many migrations will not be completed by April 2014, when Microsoft support will cease for Windows XP.

The top five migration hurdles as listed by Dell are:

- Application compatibility
- Available time to perform migration/conflicts with other IT initiatives
- User training and support
- Lost user productivity
- Issues with repackaging, remediating and deploying applications

“Migrations are among the potentially most disruptive, costly and risky IT endeavours, which is why so many organisations have delayed moving off Windows XP,” said David Kloba, general manager of Endpoint Systems Management, Dell Software. “Our phased, best practices approach to migrations empowers customers to ease operating system, application and system transitions, upgrades, and replacements by offering guidelines for proper planning, along with tools to automate and consolidate processes, and tips on how to avoid disruptions and minimise user downtime.”

The best practices as outlined by Dell are:

- Create and maintain a complete, updated inventory of all hardware, applications and users
- Rationalise content so migrations only entail what is actually used and necessary
- Application testing, remediation and repackaging
- Automate system and user content management
- Ongoing management: ease system lifecycle management

Dell’s KACE and ChangeBASE software delivers value-added solutions when grappling with migration roadblocks. Dell ChangeBASE automates application compatibility testing, remediation and packaging, while Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance and Dell KACE K2000 Deployment Alliance automate and consolidate system management tasks, helping secure, manage and maintain critical IT clients, servers and endpoints for mid-sized and larger companies.

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