Not only can the organization save time and improve end-user satisfaction by automatically reinstalling user applications for them, software can be systematically rationalized and reduced in the process. Applications the user no longer needs, as determined by usage, are removed during the Windows 7 migration. New license purchases are reduced as licenses for new versions of unused software do not need to be obtained.
Annual license maintenance fees are also lowered and existing licenses are efficiently allocated to those who use them. For most enterprises, this type of internal software audit could take years of effort to complete. However, for enterprises leveraging an advanced application mapping approach during an operating system migration, it is just part of the migration process and takes up no additional time. It's also a perfect time to perform software rationalization as end users expect significant change in their experience when their operating system is migrated.
Don't dread your pending Windows migration. Take this rare opportunity to make a full-scale internal software audit part of an operating system migration. Doing so will help you better rationalize software usage, reduce software licensing and maintenance costs, and ensuring end user satisfaction.
Dave Harding is product manager at 1E, a company that specializes in efficient IT solutions.
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