Microsoft estimated that businesses’ migrating from Windows XP x32 to Windows 7 x64 could experience issues that required close to 50% of applications to be replaced, upgraded, or remediated. Today, for those upgrading from Windows 7 x64 to Windows 10 x64, that number is <10%. For those that had kept up with Windows 8.1 ‘Update 1’, the number will be even smaller. But, for companies that stayed on a 32bit edition of Windows 7, their migration to Windows 10 x64 will be more painful, as they’ll have to address all the 64bit issues which they deferred during their last OS migration.
Application Readiness for an OS Migration is more than just about application compatibility. The attraction of Windows 10 is new features, tighter security, long term support vision, and touch-based apps/hardware. All those reasons apply to why businesses upgrade their software titles too. While Office 2010 might have been ‘good enough’ for Windows 7, and is likely compatible with Windows 10, most businesses will upgrade Office to the latest version as part of their Windows 10 migration. Typically every application gets looked at during a migration. Like ripping off a Band-Aid, if they’re going to make a big change to their users PCs, may as well get all the changes in at once.
Upgrading and packaging new versions of strategic apps tickles down and affects other applications too. For example, upgrading MS Office may force a business to upgrade their accounting software that integrates with it, and all the applications that depend on that accounting software. (ie: Upgrading office forces an upgrade of the Accounting apps, which forces upgrade all the Accounting apps dependencies, runtimes, and plugins)
That’s why application rationalization is more important than ever when it comes to Windows 10. The biggest question enterprises are facing has shifted from “Does it work?” to “Is this still providing value?” Reviewing the entire application portfolio to look for applications that can be retired, consolidated or replaced, can reduce the number of applications and the amount of work it will take to migrate to Windows 10.
To learn more about simplifying your application portfolio with application rationalization, download the ebook: Application Rationalization: Preparing for the Move to Windows 10 and Beyond, by MVP Brien M. Posey.
Timothy Davis is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Flexera Software, and has worked in global marketing at high-tech firms such as BMC Software, VeriSign, McAfee, and Lotus. With over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, he has gained a deep understanding of the business challenges faced by IT organizations in enterprises of all sizes. Specializing in IT Service Management and Operations, Tim develops content that translates product features into real business benefits that help IT leaders learn about new and developing technologies that drive IT efficiency and improve customer satisfaction.