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Posted by Charlie Dai on September 17, 2013
Many CIOs, technical architects as infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals in Chinese companies are struggling with the pressures of all kinds of business and IT initiatives as well as daily maintenance of system applications. At the same time they are trying to figure out what should be right approach for the company to adapt technology waves like cloud, enterprise mobility, etc., to survive in highly competitive market landscape. Among all the puzzles for the solution of strategic growth, Operating System (OS) migration might seem to have the lowest priority: business application enhancements deliver explicit business value, but it’s hard to justify changing operating systems when they work today. OS is the most fundamental infrastructure software that all other systems depend on, so the complexity and uncertainty of migrations is daunting. As a result, IT organizations in China usually tend to live with the existing OS as much as possible.
Take Microsoft Windows for example. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 have been widely used on client side and server side. Very few companies have put Windows migration on its IT evolution roadmap. However, I believe the time is now for IT professionals in Chinese companies to seriously consider putting Windows upgrade into IT road map for the next 6 months for a couple of key reasons.
Windows XP and pirated OS won’t be viable much longer to support your business.
But Windows will continue to be a leading OS for enterprises.
Given the base of experience IT has with Windows, continuing with it makes compelling business sense. In various perspectives, Windows are still being widely used in enterprises across the whole application lifecycle.
And Windows 8.1 provides substantial reasons to stay with Windows.
Forrester predicted that Windows 8 would have a bumpy birth year globally, but would eventually mature and take hold in 2014. We believe that Windows 8.1 puts Microsoft on track for a better year in 2014. There are several reasons.
For the above reasons, enterprise architects and I&O professionals should equip themselves with a forward thinking mindset, together with a pragmatic approach to get prepared. Forrester recommends that I&O professionals should proactively take the following steps to prepare for Windows 8 in the enterprise:
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