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This post on Windows 10 migration announcements was contributed by CentricsIT Global Services Executive Don Pettingill. Pettingill works from the CentricsIT office in Charlotte, NC (USA).

Haven’t made the migration to Windows 10 yet? That could cost you. Microsoft recently announced a new annual fee for Windows 7 support effective as of January 2020—a fee that will increase in price every year.

With this announcement, many organizations are rushing to plan their transition to Windows 10. The level of complexity to achieve a successful migration varies greatly from organization to organization, group to group within a given organization, as well as user by user. As such, these organizations face the risk of having operations and users’ productivity heavily impacted during the migration initiative.

Horror stories of users facing downtime and other issues for hours (and even days) are surfacing as companies scramble to beat the deadline.

Don Pettingill
Global Services Executive

The Cost of an Ill-Prepared Windows 10 Migration

Without proper planning, user data, profiles, configurations, and various shortcuts at the desktop level are at risk of deletion or loss. As the onus falls to end users to conquer the steep learning curve that comes with the migration, the loss of productivity can be significant.

Though Microsoft and other tool providers have made programs available to facilitate the adoption of Windows 10, these tools often are not the quick and easy tutorials many end users expect.

When planning your Windows 10 migration, it’s important to factor in this end user experience. Companies that habitually back up end user data do so because they have learned that moving things around without notice can cause major issues; for those companies that fail to do the same, they find end user support of the migration initiative is easily lost.

Facilitate the Return to Productivity

Training Windows 7 users on Windows 10 can help curtail this productivity loss. However, this education is often expensive, time-consuming, and does little to curtail disruption when done ineffectively.

Make the migration to Windows 10 smoother for your users by capturing the user environment in place, pushing Windows 10 and reloading user-specific environments. When your end users open their new Windows 10 environment to find a mirror of their Windows 7 world, you enable the return to productivity as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, with lean IT teams, many companies don’t have the resources to dedicate training and imaging each individual device. And for multinational companies, the strain increases.

Working with the Experts Eases Your Transition

The CentricsIT team of top technology engineers have developed a Center of Excellence operational offering that leverages several of our core capabilities for a complete asset solution. Our asset lifecycle services, underpinned by our expertise in and use of best-in-class tools, delivers a unified, organized result to our clients anywhere in the world, with minimal impact to productivity.

Whether you need a team to help you migrate existing devices from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or to deploy new devices with Windows 10 installed and preserve the existing user environment from Windows 7, CentricsIT is here with the industry knowledge to get the project done in the timeline you need.

Don’t waste money. Migrate the right way.

With tens of thousands of migrations completed, and multiple simultaneous migrations underway across the globe, CentricsIT is ready to start your migration plan. Contact us today.