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October 17, 2012 Webinar – Application Rationalization: Reduce cost, duration and risk for Windows 7/8 migration

Please join us for the first webinar in our two part series: Application Rationalization for Windows 7/8 and Beyond. In this 45-minute webcast hosted by Futurestate IT, you will learn how to rationalize an application portfolio in order to reduce the cost, duration and risk of a migration project.

Application rationalization is a critical first step in a migration plan. By eliminating, consolidating or modernizing applications, organizations can trim the scope of applications that need to be migrated to the new platform.

In this webinar, we will review:

  • Key criteria for rationalizing a portfolio for migration
  • Findings from our recent survey of IT professionals regarding strategy, best practices and challenges for conducting rationalization as part of a migration plan
  • Potential migration cost savings that can be realized by performing application rationalization
  • Benefits of leveraging AppRx for automated rationalization analysis

For more information visit www.futurestateit.com 

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Why you should move to Windows 7 not 8

Another article has been released (by CIO.com) recommending that organizations move to Windows 7 rather than wait for Windows 8. They make some interesting points around the viability of that release. Because of the huge changes in the interface, there are many implications to end users, support staff and application vendors. Gartner research has  backed up these claims and have labelled Windows 8 a “plumbing release”, like Windows 2000 or Vista, with the suggestion that enterprises should wait until the following OS is released. Application vendors will need to figure out how to best deploy their applications on Windows 8 and some compatibility issues will not have been completely worked out for some time. In the case of Vista, many software vendors decided to drop support for that OS, leaving some users high and dry.

 At least half of all organizations either have, or are in the process of moving to Windows 7. This huge adoption ensures that most vendors will be supporting their software on that platform. Further, the tools, and expertise needed to move to Windows 7 has been tested and proven. The same can’t be said for Windows 8, and this may leave organizations paying large amounts of money to Microsoft for extended support on XP while they wait vendors to release compatible software for Windows 8.

Read more of my posts http://futurestateit.com/category/blogs/ 

The article can be found here:

http://www.cio.com/article/717418/Enterprise_Upgrades_Five_Reasons_to_Focus_on_Windows_7_not_Windows_8

 

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Futurestate IT will be unveiling AppRx3.0 at MMS2013

We'll be attending Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas from April 8-12th. Only 2 weeks to go!!

Come visit us at booth 125 where we wil be unveiling the new features of AppRx 3.0

View our demo videos http://futurestateit.com/category/videos/ 

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Working smarter, not harder

We’ve all heard that old chestnut being thrown around. What does it really mean? To me, it means achieving better results while using simpler or more efficient methods.

 A customer of ours has multiple Windows 7 migration projects underway and they began their pre-migration application testing using a manual process. They had a large group of resources sitting in the lab trying to install some of their applications on Windows 7. The results would then be documented and placed in a spreadsheet for future reference, and a new app would be tested and so on. At the end of their testing, they had a list of applications that would install on the new OS, and list that would not. This process took a few manual resources and  a significant number of weeks to complete for  just a couple of hundred apps. Apps that passed the install test were sent to UAT and apps that did not were given back to the app owners for further testing to determine what the issue was.

We could have told them the same thing in just a few days without tying up those resources in the lab. There are some activities that can take place before you begin your app testing that can shrink that burden down. Reducing your application portfolio through rationalization will help make life easier for your testers. Once you’ve done that, we can show you the vendor support information for your apps using AppRx and you’ll know right away which apps can go to UAT, and which will require further analysis or action. For those applications that need deeper testing, simply group them up and analyze them in the same place.

 We don’t remove the manual testers from the equation completely; instead we help them focus their efforts where they can deliver the most value. This significantly shortens the deployment time of your migration, and lowers your project costs. That’s working smarter, not harder.

 

Original post on http://futurestateit.com/2012/08/16/working-smarter-not-harder/ 

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Quantifying Application Rationalization Benefits

Application bloat, sprawl and decay. We can’t see it, but we know it’s there. And, we know it drives huge operational costs, impedes our ability to adapt to new technology platforms, causes downtime and hinders business productivity. According to a survey by Harris Interactive, 82% of organizations polled said that monetary losses due to sprawled, unused, unresponsive or crashed applications cost their business anywhere from $10k – $20 million per year.

Why aren’t we doing something about it?

We know we should. Competing priorities. In a recent Futurestate IT survey, almost half the respondents stated that competing priorities were the biggest hindrance to tackling application portfolio bloat.

So, how can application bloat ‘compete’ with other priorities when the problem is known but can’t be seen?

 

Build a business case:

1.       Use tools to gather the data and size the problem

2.      Take a benchmark approach to quantify cost savings

 

This report shows how to calculate the savings that can be realized through an application rationalization initiative. Download the report to learn how you can optimize your IT operational spend and achieve an agile application portfolio.

http://futurestateit.com/2013/01/17/building-the-business-case-to-tackle-application-bloat/ 

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