Use Windows 10 migration as an opportunity to be the hero
Like it or not, the days of Windows 7 are numbered. While enterprise organizations have been slow to move to Windows 10 for a host of often-legitimate reasons, Microsoft will stop security updates and patches for the old operating system on January 14, 2020. Extended support does not come cheap. So, just like the proverbial phrase "when life gives you lemons make lemonade," you can use Windows 10 migration as an opportunity to be the hero when you modernize and expand choice for end users.
Windows 10 is better
Yes, migrating an operating system at enterprise scale is a massive undertaking that puts IT teams under tremendous pressure, but there are good reasons for upgrading to Windows 10 beyond just Microsoft ending support for the old platform.
For one, it's far more secure and two times less susceptible to malware attacks than its predecessor. Microsoft has learned a lot about threat protection since it introduced Windows 7, and that knowledge is baked into Windows 10.
Windows 10 also makes significant productivity gains – not only in terms of processing speed on new machines – but by being more mobile-friendly, as well. End users can work on projects across different devices and pick up where they left off no matter where they are thanks to data syncing to the cloud.
Use the cloud to expand end-user choice
Cloud infrastructure also means organizations can now support multiple operating systems if they want to, and that opens up more user choice. Many employees use Apple devices in their personal lives and want to use them at work, too. Telling a Mac user to stow it at work and use a PC instead is like asking an Android user to switch to an iPhone. They'll get there eventually, but workers say they're more productive using the device of their choice.
Supporting multiple operating systems are complex, and there are sometimes compatibility issues with apps like Office that need to be worked out. However, a good managed workplace services provider can build the framework to do it.
Pivot to digital transformation projects with Device as a Service
Windows 10 migration and considering multi-operating system support is also the appropriate time to evaluate your overall IT strategy. With IT teams needed to implement digital transformation solutions, does it make sense to continue using such valuable resources in basic end-user device support?
The Device as a Service (DaaS) model from managed workplace services (MWS) partners takes that burden off IT teams. End users get the devices they want, and the devices are refreshed more often. Other in-demand options like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) are supportable, too.
The predictable monthly cost makes budgeting easier and actually lowers the normally higher upfront costs associated with Apple devices over Windows machines.
The end of Windows 7 is an opportunity
Windows 10 migration is a major undertaking that requires extensive strategizing, pre-planning, application testing, persona modeling, and pilot programs long before the actual migration begins. It's no wonder so many enterprise organizations have put it off as long as possible.
However, it should be viewed as more than a headache. It's the chance for you to do some serious soul searching about your organization's needs, where it's going, and what your digital transformation will look like. For all of that, CompuCom is here to help and offer our expert advice.