In less than a year, Microsoft Windows 7 support ends—are you ready? Many organizations have already started or are well along the migration path to Windows 10. However, according to NetMarketShare research, Windows 10 has only recently surpassed Windows 7 in adoption.
What’s taking organizations so long to make the shift? This migration is different from previous upgrades. Windows 10 is the first operating environment built for the modern workforce, which is digital, distributed and on the move. With more applications and endpoints to secure, an OS migration is complicated—especially for large, global organizations—and downtime isn’t an option in a highly-competitive, fast-paced digital marketplace.
Your Windows 10 migration project is an opportunity to transform your organization into a modern digital workplace with integrated, cloud-based technologies. To ensure you’re not leaving important functionality on the table, here are five best practices that will facilitate the migration for you and your users:
Preserve data in the cloud. Most users save their data in the default location. Windows 10 and Microsoft OneDrive for Business can default user data storage to a secure enterprise cloud solution, allowing enterprises to control access to their data. Cloud storage ensures no intellectual property loss during the migration, and keeping data off of endpoints eliminates a potential security breach should a device be lost, stolen or compromised.
Leverage automation. With some modifications to Microsoft User State Migration Tool (USMT) scripts and modern imaging approaches, automation improves the user experience and outcome of your Windows 10 migration. Zero-Touch provisioning removes the necessity of having to have an engineer physically touching the endpoint to upgrade and configure devices, keeping the complexity behind the scenes. Through user-initiated scheduling, endpoints are automatically updated at a convenient time and location without IT help.
Unify endpoint management. When all endpoints are created equal—with uniform standards such as no removable storage and encrypted file sharing—users are free to work where they want without introducing security risk. Cloud-based endpoint management updates and manages endpoints over the internet in real-time, so when a user connects over a public network, your network isn’t compromised.
Deliver new desktops on autopilot. To streamline new device setup or reset, recover and reuse devices, take advantage of Windows Autopilot. Autopilot eliminates the need for IT to create and maintain custom images or manually reimage hardware. Vendor device identification numbers are registered and profiles created remotely, so configurations are automatically applied when users login for the first time with no intervention required.
Embrace bring your own device (BYOD). A recent survey from Unisys and research agency Loudhouse reveals that the more modern a device is, the more likely users are to bring their own. With unified endpoint management and cloud-based technologies, users access your organization’s applications and data from personally-owned devices that meet the same security criteria as enterprise-provided ones, making BYOD a safe and smart alternative.
By following these best practices, you can ensure a successful and seamless migration to Windows 10. Digital workplace transformation that uses automation to increase productivity, technology to empower workers and a collaborative service experience to drive employee satisfaction is transformation that works.