Windows XP, sadly it’s time to move on

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For more than a decade, Windows XP has been the operating system of choice for enterprises. From 8 April 2014 – Microsoft will end its support for Windows XP and after this date it will no longer issue the software releases that guard against viruses, spyware and intrusion. As a result, all organisations still operating on Windows XP need to consider their options.

It’s time to change
Since the launch of Windows XP back in 2001, end-user computing has moved on significantly, with employee requirements and organisational productivity driving the pace of change. In the digital era, your employees expect to be able to work anywhere. Meanwhile, your customers continue to expect consistent levels of service across multiple channels and your organisation expects to be able to compete. Meeting these expectations via an update programme, however, can be a major challenge for IT departments.

Those programmes that are already underway will possibly already feature missed deadlines and spiralling costs. Those that have yet to start must take into consideration not just an upgrade of the operating system and associated hardware but also the compatibility of the entire enterprise applications estate.

It doesn’t have to be stressful
A major migration project is not without risks. Thankfully with many of these migrations under our belt, Fujitsu has fine tuned the processes to enable organisations to move with a minimal impact to their business – while also enabling substantial organisational improvements.

We have a clear blueprint for our clients supported by a broad range of capabilities including:

  • Good relationship with Microsoft. Fujitsu is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has a demonstrated commitment to Microsoft technology as our strategic technology partner.  We have a number of specialist Microsoft solution teams around the country.
  • Experience. Fujitsu has a detailed understanding and experience in developing, deploying and managing operating systems and end user devices.  We also have number of migration projects at varying stages from assessment through to delivery making us a leader in Windows migrations.
  • The right skill set. We have qualified engineers to deliver desktop deployment planning services. We have a legacy application modernisation team with tools and experience to reduce cost and manage the risk of older applications. We also have experience in other related Microsoft technologies, messaging as a service, office 2010/2013, exchange, application development, collaboration, Azure, security etc. – as a single provider of full strategic project services.
  • Tools and methodologies. Our assessment tools allow us to provide a low cost, low touch assessment of readiness and help to develop a business case to design and ensure the most effective desktop environment for the client.
  • Project management expertise. We are able to manage large scale projects efficiently and effectively ensuring benefits are realised and user disruption is minimised.
  • An understanding of your business needs. We have consulting capability to ensure the strategic approach is taken and the maximum benefits are realised.  This can include desktop environment review, virtual desktop deployment, application assessment and rationalisation, profiling, remediation services, organisational change and data centre review.

If your organisation is one of the many who need to move on from Windows XP, we would be more than happy to discuss how we can make the process as painless as possible.

If you have been through the migration process we would love to hear about your experiences.