Vista adoption pattern familiar

Various analysts’ reports of late have indicated a relatively slow uptake of Microsoft’s Vista operating system among enterprises. The findings are hardly surprising, given that we have been down this road before with Redmond OS releases of the past.

When we look back at the releases of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP and others, we see a similar pattern: organizations hold off on full-scale migrations for at least a few months and in many cases a year or two. The primary reason for such reluctance is that the old OS they previously rolled out was doing just fine, thank you very much.

Add to the task list associated with such an implementation the necessity of training staff members on the nuances, and it’s easy to see why OS replacements are carried out with some degree of trepidation. IT managers have also had to contend with the sheer number of hours their tech personnel must spend to make the changeover a reality.

The forces that drive an enterprise to upgrade its operating system environment are often less tangible than they are for other elements in a typical enterprise IT setup. When processing tasks get too weighty for a three- or four-year-old processor to handle inside a server, a desktop or a laptop computer, for example, business processes are impacted immediately and quite noticeably. Productivity is affected as workers take more time to do the same tasks. Similarly, when a piece of security software remains untouched and unimproved for a certain length of time, a resulting data breach can certainly drive home the need for speedier upgrades in the future.

Not so an OS. The bulkier new features can slow networks down, and productivity can take a hit as users adjust to the new features. A need to conform with partners’ and clients’ environments, and with other upgraded Microsoft elements running internally on its own network, are the main factors in forcing an enterprise into an OS upgrade.

And there’s no doubt this will be played out with Vista. The end result? It will be the OS enterprises will be loathe to give up when the next one arrives.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Articles

ADaPT connects employers with highly skilled young workers

Help wanted. That’s what many tech companies across Canada are saying, and research shows...

Unlocking Transformation: IoT and Generative AI Powered by Cloud

Amidst economic fluctuations and disruptive forces, Canadian businesses are steering through uncharted waters. To...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now