No Enterprise Rush to Newest Microsoft ProductsBy Peter Galli | Posted 2006-11-29 Email Print
As Microsoft prepares for the launch of Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007, customer upgrades and partner solution rollouts may not happen as fast as expected.
As Microsoft prepares for the official business launch of Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 on Nov. 30, customer upgrades and partner solution rollouts based on the new technologies may not happen as quickly as Redmond would like.
Many customers do not plan an immediate upgrade to the new products, while partners will roll out new solutions based on these technologies over time.
That is borne out by statistics from research group Gartner, which said that while some 58 percent of new PC shipments in 2007 will include Windows Vista, they also estimate that Vista will be running on less than 10 percent of PCs in the installed base by the end of 2007.
That figure is expected to rise to 29.3 percent in 2008, 50 percent in 2009 and 67.7 percent by the end of 2010.
Gartner analysts Michael Silver and David Smith are also advising companies that they should expect to spend 18 months testing, planning and piloting before undergoing large-scale mainstream deployment.
Gunnar Thaden, CIO of the TUV Nord Group, one of Germany's largest technical service providers and which specializes in technical safety, environmental protection and conformity assessment of management systems and products, is upbeat about the security, reliability, and less administration that comes with Windows Vista.
Thaden, who is based in Hannover, Germany, is also pleased that this latest version of Windows, which was five years in the making, is "evolutionary rather than revolutionary," in terms of enterprise functionality.
"Vista is building on the enterprise base that Windows 2000 and Windows XP established. I can say it meets the needs of large enterprises head-on and, from an administration point of view, is a secure, architecturally driven operating system," Thaden told eWEEK in an interview.
TUV Nord, which has been an early tester of Vista under Microsoft's Technology Adopter program, has some 7,000 computers in its network, 60 percent of which are laptops used out in the field, said Frank Boerger, the company's head of client and user support.
While there are some disadvantages associated with Vista, which is more complex due to all the new security features, including the restrictions of user rights and the pop-up Windows that are activated when switching from one level to another, this is offset by the enhanced security it brings, he said.
"Vista is a good long-term investment, with the administration, features and security we need. As an enterprise we are pleased that it is an evolutionary upgrade to XP rather than a revolutionary upgrade, which is not what enterprises want in their operating system," Boerger said.
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