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Windows 7/8 migration an urgent imperative for companies 17 Jun 2013

A leading IT firm has alerted that underestimating the process of upgrading their operating systems to Windows 7/8 could land companies in a compromised position when Microsoft ends support for Windows XP.

This crucial process of migration calls for a complete metamorphosis, and entails more than just software changes. ITC Infotech is therefore urging organisations to address without any delay, the conflicts that may arise from the switch to a new operating system.

ITC Infotech, which specialises in upgrading businesses to newer operating systems, says that many firms, particularly SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises), currently don't have a mature enough IT estate to roll out Windows 7/8. The company cautions that those who don't begin the migration period now could overshoot the April 8 deadline next year and end up with machines that can suddenly become a huge cost centre instead of being assets for the company.

Businesses are in a race against time to upgrade their operating systems to Windows 7/8, with Microsoft announcing that it is ending its support for Windows XP in under a year's time. However according to ITC Infotech, as many companies may have to upgrade their hardware first, the support and transition period should be adequate to help staff to acclimatise to their new IT environment.

Hardeep Singh Garewal, President - European Operations, ITC Infotech, said, "The move from Windows XP to Windows 7/8 represents a complete paradigm shift that businesses must be prepared for. The move is more of a transformation than migration because the look and feel of the Graphical User Interface, the operating system behaviour and the architecture of Windows 7/8 are completely different. The shift, therefore, calls for two critical elements to be addressed.  Evaluating the hardware adequacy of the Computing platforms, and more importantly, assessing the compatibility of applications and remediating any conflicts. We have seen many production estates still sitting on platforms that are older than 5 years. A prerequisite would be to have all hardware platforms Windows 7/8 ready, and the rationalised set of applications, fully remediated and tested in a Windows 7/8 production environment.

ITC Infotech has already worked with numerous blue chip companies globally to migrate their IT infrastructure to newer operating systems. The company's offering is bolstered by strategic partnerships with key players in the industry to create streamlined and focussed solutions that can offer substantial savings over their competitors. Compatibility assessment and remediation for example, is a key step in the move to Windows 7/8. For this critical phase of the migration process, ITC Infotech partners with Flexera, one of the most established names in the assessment space.

Hardeep further stated, "Transformation to Windows 7/8 shouldn't be looked at in terms of ROI only; it should be prioritised as a necessity. A series of basic enablers need to be put in place such as the application landscape, hardware landscape and a comprehensive project plan for deployment. These can all be handled by the same provider but shouldn't be delayed until next year. Once the deadline date is surpassed, it will cost up to three times as much to continue to receive support for XP, and then after a short period, that too will be cut off altogether. It's therefore imperative that the transformation begins now."

Smarter companies have also used this transformation journey as a process to inventory all applications in the IT estate, and retire redundant/ not in use applications, thereby unlocking significant savings through better management and consolidated visibility.

About ITC Infotech

ITC Infotech, a fully owned subsidiary of USD 7 billion ITC Ltd, provides IT services and solutions to leading global customers. The company has carved a niche for itself by addressing customer challenges through innovative IT solutions.

ITC Infotech is focused on servicing the BFSI (Banking, Financial Services & Insurance), CPG&R (Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail), Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Engineering Services, THT (Travel, Hospitality and Transportation) and Media & Entertainment industries.

For more information, please visit www.itcinfotech.com

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