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Many Enterprises Unprepared for Continual Software Migration

September 17, 2013
By Rory Lidstone, Software Licensing Contributing Writer

Until the cloud and virtualization entered the game, enterprise software migration played by a pretty consistent set of rules. Of course, the rules have now changed, as many companies find themselves in an awkward spot, according to a new Application Usage Management Survey from Flexera Software and IDC.

The survey — which questioned more than 750 respondents made up of software ISVs, intelligent device manufacturers and end-user enterprises — states that continual software migrations are now standard, a fact that many CIOs aren’t equipped to handle. Put simply, this situation is due to the fact that many organizations are in the middle of massive migration projects — with most upgrading to Windows 7 ahead of the April 8, 2014 Windows XP end of support date — while virtualization gains steam.

Indeed, 28 percent of respondents still have more than half of their application estates left to migrate to Windows 7, while only 3.7 percent plan to migrate directly to Windows 8. However, at the same time, 20 percent of organizations plan to virtualize at least 26 percent of their desktops within the next two years, with an additional 23 percent planning to virtualize 11-25 percent of their desktops over the same period.

Meanwhile, mobile application migration is also gaining momentum, further taxing IT efforts toward application readiness.

And yet, the Application Usage Management report suggests that many organizations haven’t made significant progress toward implementing application readiness automation. Indeed, only around 30 percent of respondents plan to implement automation of application readiness practices.

"Between major migrations, such as Windows 7 and virtualization, and day-to-day application upgrades, bug fixes and patches, as many as 30 percent of an organization's applications change every year. Leveraging Application Readiness best practices consistently across the desktop, datacenter and mobile devices is essential to ensure companies are consistently and reliably up to date on the apps that run the business," said Maureen Polte, vice president of Product Management at Flexera Software.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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