Even if it looks that there is still time until the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003, an enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months for a full migration. This is why companies should accelerate their plans to migrate to a new version of Windows and Office.

Here are the key steps that businesses should follow for a successful deployment:

Planning

For a successful migration, IT managers must formulate a plan. They should set goals, and stay focused. Another important task is assessing hardware and software in the environment – both should be evaluated in order to find out if ready for new versions and what needs to be replaced or upgraded.

Creating the right image

During this stage IT managers build the standard image, test the applications and automate the migration process. The software catalog gets created, with a list of all applications in the environment together with application owners and importance (critical/ important/ useful). If specific software is not compatible and depending on its importance, administrators will have to decide whether to upgrade, patch, replace or retire.

Testing and roll-out

At this point the IT managers should have the standard image created and should focus on testing the roll-out. First, they need to identify a small group of machines that will be migrated and who will give feedback to the project team. Once this step is complete and IT managers verify that the settings are as expected, they can expand the pilot group to the entire IT department or a specific office. If this step is also successful, the pilot phase ends and the full deployment roll-out can begin.

During the actual migration, effective reporting can help IT managers analyze different aspects of the project and therefore provide information on what users will need to be trained. Using these tools and following the migration best practices will help ensure a successful migration that would definitely help the company.

ConverterTechnology helps enterprises upgrade to new versions of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office without the risks, costs, productivity loss, and headaches that typically arise from enterprise deployments. By delivering automated software that streamlines migrations along with the expertise to plan, execute, and report on successful enterprise migrations, ConverterTechnology helps companies accelerate their time to productivity with the Microsoft platform.