IT in 2011: Four trends that will change priorities

By , CIO |  On-demand Software, bandwidth, Mobility

While users with old PCs obviously need newer and faster hardware, the main driver for upgrades in 2011 is to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7-capable PCs.

[ For complete coverage on Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system -- including hands-on reviews, video tutorials and advice on enterprise rollouts -- see CIO.com's Windows 7 Bible. ]

"In 2009 only 7% of businesses had adopted Windows 7, or planned to do so over the next 12 months," the Technisource report states, "but this has skyrocketed to 46% in 2010."

But migrating a large installed base of Windows XP machines to Windows 7 is an IT resource drain and a complicated process that includes re-loading user data, applications, drivers, preferences and settings.

"IT managers charged with shepherding a Windows 7 upgrade should develop a disciplined, comprehensive upgrade plan to avoid crippling delays and data losses," the Technisource report states.

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