It’s been a whole year since Windows 10 was released and the time for a free upgrade has come and gone. What are Camwood’s opinions on Windows 10 and the next steps for adoption?

1. Moved on from XP?

If you’re on Windows 7/8/8.1, your apps will for the most part work. What we would say though is that if you haven’t proactively managed your applications or simply just panicked to get away from XP, then there’s a great opportunity to consolidate and rationalize. Do you actively measure who uses what and when? If they don’t use it, why keep it? What could you cut from your IT budget by actively managing this?

2. Apps sometimes need to be put out of their (and your) misery

Do you know what is end of life (EOL) and costing you a fortune in extended support. With the high compatibility between Windows 7 and Windows 10, you will have applications that are costing you for no benefit. Some of the costs associated with running unsupported and un-patched environments include:

  • Security: £2M – average cost of a single data breach
  • Non-compliance: 2.5 times the cost of compliance
  • Support: 200-600% higher cost for unsupported products
  • Performance & Productivity: £30,000 to £300,000/hour cost to the business for data center downtime from obsolete software

3. When was the last time you looked at how old your apps and processes are?

Map out the business process and layer on the application status. We would also suggest looking at Robotic Process Automation as you may be able to exploit your current investment and create a brand new application interface and increase your business productivity by a factor of 15.

4. Servicing Branch!?!?

  • Are you planning to go to Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch or Current Branch for Business? Most organisations that we are working with are opting for Current Branch for Business.
  • What is CBB? Windows 10 Current Branch for Business will be the default position for most businesses. This in effect means that a new operating system image with new features will be released every 4 months with 8 months to deploy the update. This 8 months is designed to provide enough time for businesses to test their applications as well as keep on top of Patch Tuesday
  • If you’re a company that hasn’t undertaken a Business Process review in the last 5 years, we’d suggest that there may be better apps for your needs. With the exception of Productivity software, most business processes we encounter were designed between 5 and 20 years ago!
  • CBB. If you don’t release the latest Feature Upgrade, you are out of support and compliance within 12 months.
  • LTSB being for those that feel that they have apps that are too critical / too difficult and need to remain on a consistent platform for 10 years

What does this mean to you?

  • If you’re on CBB, you need to test before you release. We’re also seeing a real requirement for the measurement of before and after user experience from a contractual perspective. We suggest that you also include performance and usability, as you want to ensure that the new platform provides you with the same productivity as before.

How can Camwood help you? Ultimately your business relies on the applications, business processes and their users. Camwood have helped clients and outsourcers to gain Application Intelligence and apply common sense to transition, transformation and business as usual. Camwood help you identify, transition, transform and maintain your application estate for End User Compute and Cloud, based on core principals of Modernisation, Optimisation, Cost Reduction and Compliance. Camwood services on average remove at least 30% of IT cost and by maintaining a real-time view of your IT estate, enables all future business change programmes to be mobilised with Total Application Intelligence. Camwood services are available direct, through outsource partners and G-Cloud. www.camwood.com