3 tools to migrate to Windows® 7: reduce costs, save time
Gartner, the IT research and advisory firm, has suggested three means to simplify the deployment of Windows 7 while migrating from Windows XP – Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit, Citrix App-DNA, and ChangeBASE by Quest Software. According to the company, these three tools can be very effective for IT departments while carrying the meticulous task. Carrying over the applications from Windows XP to Windows 7 requires technical supervision and is a complicated procedure. There could be a number of compatibility issues in the migration process. These tools simplify the process by assessing the issues and identifying corresponding requirements.
Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) has following features on offer:
• It verifies compatibility of present applications, devices, and PC hardware with Windows 7
• It verifies compatibility of Windows Updates and determines risk assessment
• Provides sharing of the assessment with other ACT users
• Helps you on User Account Control (UAC) issues through Standard User Analyzer (SUA) tool
• Uses Internet Explorer Compatibility Test Tool to analyze compatibility of web applications and websites with new releases and security updates to Internet Explorer
Citrix App-DNA application has following advantages:
• Its AppTitude software platform saves time and cost
• It reduces the risk involved in managing Windows 7, Internet Explorer, Microsoft App-V, Citrix XenDesktop XenApp, VDI, Windows Server 2008, etc
• Winner of Best of Synergy Desktop Transformation award 2011
• Tests applications compatibility against single platform such as Windows 7 or multiple platforms
Similarly, ChangeBASE migration tool has following useful features:
• Provides desktop upgrade to Windows 7 and browser upgrades
• Application delivery using Terminal Server or Remote Desktop Session Host
• Application virtualization services from Microsoft, Symantec, Citrix, and VMware
• Minimizes cost and resource requirements and reduces time input
With costs reduced, timely deployment and efficient migration of applications will be valuable to companies. "The biggest impediment organisations have had in deciding to pay for a tool is the seemingly high price. Application compatibility assessment tools generally sell for $100 to $200 per application, and most large organisations have hundreds or thousands of applications (the rule of thumb is one application for every 10 users)," said Silver and Kleynhans, analysts at Gartner.
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