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BYOD adds complexity to Windows end-of-life migration projects

Many businesses are already struggling to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 before Microsoft ends its support for the old operating system in April 2014. In addition, the current ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend is accentuating the complexity of migration, thereby increasing the already growing concerns among business users.

In this challenging scenario, ITC Infotech, a global IT services and solutions company, asserts that businesses should take proactive steps as they migrate to Windows 7 or 8. It is imperative for businesses to future-proof their company, offer workers the flexibility associated with using their own devices and at the same time ensure a secure work environment.

According to a Forrester survey on BYOD, more than two-thirds of North American and European information workers personally select the smartphones and tablets they use for work. Moreover, 46 percent[1] use laptops that are not on the company-approved device list. This trend is blurring the boundaries between personal and work IT, with many of the staff increasingly using their own devices to run enterprise applications and access company data.

Microsoft turns off support for its Windows XP operating system on April 8th next year. This may leave many IT organizations with a tough challenge if they don’t migrate in good time. It is only ten months away from the D Day, and as many as 39 percent of users are still to migrate their work places. To complicate matters, many firms, particularly SMEs, don’t currently have a mature enough IT estate to roll out Windows 7 or 8.

ITC Infotech warns that companies need to start the migration immediately or risk overshooting the deadline.

www.itcinfotech.com

[1] Forrester's Q2 2012 Forrsights Workforce Employee Survey. Reported here: http://blogs.forrester.com/category/byod

•Date: 8th August 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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