Does Your Approach To Windows 10 Migration Need An Upgrade?

This is a great blog post and infographic from our partner RES about the approach to a Windows 10 migration.  If you have a priority list for 2017, a Windows 10 migration is eventually going to be near the top. Many companies and private individuals cringe at the memory of the last Windows 7 upgrade, with its long, disruptive and drawn our process. A survey of over 900 global IT professionals reported that the time required to upgrade was one major challenge of the last OS upgrade. For some enterprises, it took over three years to complete their last migrations, and needless to say they were not pleased. If timelines weren’t enough of a challenge for some, it was also more disruptive that was necessary and caused an influx of service tickets that not only proved to be costly, but also took time away from other valuable and profitable projects.

If this sounds familiar in any way, you’re not alone. As we are well into the new year, now is the time to reflect and learn from the trials and tribulations of migrations past, and start looking ahead to what could be done differently for a more seamless, effective, less disruptive OS upgrade. Maybe this year you’ll start getting serious about planning, or you’ll migrate soon. Either way, the below points are something that should seriously be considered.

The True Cost of an OS Migration

Traditional approaches to OS migrations tend to be lengthy, complicated and could result in bad experiences for the users and workers. IT faces many obstacles during an OS upgrade, with the major one being the global user settings and profiles. Everyone wants a seamless experience, with their settings being exactly as they were post migration; but the process of migrating all settings, configurations and individual personalization can be very costly and time consuming for IT.

Ultimately, if ignored, IT will be flooded with service desk calls from frustrated or confused workers who are having trouble being productive on their new OS. On average, the cost per service desk ticket is reported at$118, thus the cost to support users through migration ends up being costly very quickly. So planning the move to Windows 10 requires the IT department(s) to consider not only the cost of running on the new OS, but the time and cost of the migration and getting the workers productive as efficiently as possible.

The good news is there is a better path forward: taking a people-centric approach to your Windows 10 migration.

Reduce Migration Headaches in 2017 – Put People First

At Champion Solutions Group we believe a migration doesn’t end until every worker is productive. IT should be able to manage user settings, personalization and configurations separately from the underlying operating system and devices, so workers aren’t disrupted while those changes are being made. With our solutions in place, introducing new operating systems will become a much smoother experience for workers and IT alike. On day one, employees can log into a new operating system and find the familiar settings and personalization that allow them to be productive, significantly reducing that time to migrate. For IT, much of the manual effort involved with configuring user settings on the new OS is reduced because the need for scripting, group policies and other complex methods for supporting users are eliminated.

Learn more about our Windows 10 capabilities and get some great resources at: https://www.championsg.com/services/windows-10-upgrade/

For more sobering facts, check out the RES infographic below from RES:

RES Windows 10 Migration Infographic

Source for this post: https://res.com/blog/does-your-migration-approach-need-upgrade

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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.

 

Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.

 

Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!

 

As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.

 

He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.

 

Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.

 

Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.

 

In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.

 

Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.