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Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration

Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor | 1/31/2013 | 108 comments

Curtis Franklin Jr.
How much changes in a migration? It's a fair question that can have a number of different answers. Your answer will set the tone for your entire migration experience.

The simplest answer might be that your organization is going to change one thing -- the client operating system, for example. The problem with that answer is that, as we've heard in an E2 Radio program, migrating a client operating system can mean touching over 15,000 individual pieces of software. Given that, the idea of intentionally migrating applications along with the operating system can seem like the sort of move guaranteed that no employee will get to sleep at home ever again.

Despite the potential problems, there are companies that take a "move it all" approach to migration, figuring that, as long as you're blowing up the infrastructure, blowing up the apps can cause only so much additional carnage.

One potential application migration some are considering is a switch from traditional hosted productivity applications (word processing, spreadsheets, and the like) to a cloud-based model. Imagine, for example, taking the opportunity to move away from desktop licenses of Microsoft Office to Office Web Apps. There are pricing and functionality trade-offs to be considered with the switch, but if such a thing is considered, why stop at the single Office possibility?

Once moving away from the desktop office productivity suite is brought into the mix, why not consider moving to a whole host of online suites operated by Microsoft, Google, or others? The argument could be made, in an online suite's case, that a cloud-based application better fits into the model of the mobile, BYOD-friendly modern enterprise. Furthermore, it might even be argued that moving away from client-hosted applications makes operating system migration less painful, since there is less opportunity for unexpected interactions between application code and the new OS.

Most significant in the "problem" list is the change in user interface. Let's not be coy, here: When changing operating environments, any shift in user interface -- no matter how minor -- is going to carry significant support and training costs. When you change both the basic operating system and critical applications from an interface point of view, you dramatically increase the likelihood that, for some portion of the employee base, productive work will come to a screeching halt and take days, if not weeks, to recover.

On the other hand, changing one major interface will also create a hit on productivity, so you can argue that additional changes cause only a bit more harm, and cause it one time rather than the two or more interruptions that a staged or staggered migration strategy can bring. In either of these cases, you might be right.

So, which do you think: One giant paroxysm of change and disruption, or a multi-stage approach to (what we hope to be) smaller disruptions? Companies will often like the logic of the latter, but I suspect there are problems with this approach -- problems that can mean lower productivity for a longer time than comes with the single-change approach. What do you think? I'd love to discuss it with you and see just what your appetite for change truly is.

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Tuscany   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/15/2013 1:18:26 PM
Re: Change for the sake of change
@tjgkg    Yours is the question of the day !   Whatever they are doing MS is sure keeping this search quite - for now.
tjgkg   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/7/2013 10:48:24 AM
Re: Change for the sake of change
I'm just wondering what kind of CEO they bring in. Will it be Ballmer II or will they be going in a completely new direction?
J-Lo   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/6/2013 2:03:31 PM
Re: Change for the sake of change

Marif not only Samsung but HP too has a laptop with Chorome OS. The Android laptop (although I have not used) is probably an extended version of tab with a key board.

J-Lo   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/6/2013 1:57:19 PM
Re: Change for the sake of change

Marif, you are right strangely the flagship product which is the base for the company popularity remains under criticism. I agee MS office and Xbox are doing good the latest product "surface" too is facing criticism on the basis of price. The edge window has cheap laptops from various manufacturers, I guess its about time Apple too sell its OS to other manufacturers for cheap laptops. Apple can continue manufacturing its Mac for its Apple customers.

J-Lo   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/6/2013 1:34:59 PM
Re: Change for the sake of change

There are still 12 more months to go and it will be interesting to see, how Ballmer continues reshaping the firm and for incoming new CEO.

tjgkg   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/2/2013 6:19:00 AM
Re: Change for the sake of change
J-Lo: it is coming. Google is really setting themselves up to challenge MS on a lot of fronts. Look at Office 365. That was a direct answer to Google's office suite. I am not sure if Chrome will be made into a full blown OS because Google thinks the future is with the cloud-they can let MS do the heavy OS lifting and concentrate on making money from the cloud.
Marif   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/2/2013 4:23:26 AM
Re: Change for the sake of change
Yes J-Lo and MS don't have the time leverage to get it latest windows into every house, as they had with previous versions. With the failure of windows ME and Vista, still MS had enough time to get a new and better release. But now the completion is quite high and any delay will may cost their the monopoly of prime product.
J-Lo   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/1/2013 2:06:54 PM
Re: Change for the sake of change

Marif, I agree you have highlighted one major aspect that plays its part in the acceptability of any OS in the market and Google is at far distance to achieve that in comparison to MS.

J-Lo   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   9/1/2013 2:04:53 PM
Re: Change for the sake of change

tjgkh, I know OS Chrome, but thats basically for small computing slim laptops which are new generation of tabs. I would love to see a real product from Google.

tjgkg   Small Steps & Giant Leaps to Migration   8/25/2013 2:23:40 PM
Re: Change for the sake of change
I am a little nervous about not having a zoom. But from reviewing my pictures I can tell you that the vast majority are wide angle. Very few used zoom. And some of the ones where I zoomed in were pictures  I could have walked in closer to get the shot if I were using a prime. So unless there is some detail on a cathedral ceiling or a far away object, I think this lens will cover everything. I just wish I could put a polarizing filter on the camera.
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