According to Microsoft, Windows 10 adoption is happening at a record pace. With the ambitious goal of having one billion devices running Windows 10 by 2018, the company has put the pressure on enterprises and consumers alike to upgrade.
Even though the move to Windows 10 is inevitable, enterprises can still remain in the driver’s seat with Infront’s approach. Taking a phased approach to Windows 10 allows you to maintain control.
6 Elements to consider when Deploying Windows 10
Be Prepared: With any migration or upgrade, challenges will arise. Windows 10 migration is no different – so be prepared.
a. Windows-as-a-Service model means preparing for future releases and update cycles.
b. Patching enterprise-wide can lead to significant network bottlenecks that can severely impact business operations for on-premise updates.
Don’t forget your infrastructure. Is your new software compatible? Legacy infrastructure can cause critical compatibility issues due to its age and resulting complexity. Moving legacy applications can also be troublesome for many businesses.
Inventory and Rationalize Applications. Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), can help enterprises collect raw inventory data, normalize and categorize applications, and then identify which apps should be consolidated, retired, upgraded and migrated.
Select the Right Migration Option.
a. Wipe and Load – where you capture data and settings, deploy (custom) OS Image, install drivers and applications, and then restore the data and settings.
b. In-Place Upgrades – for devices that are already running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, that lets Windows do the work.
c. New devices must be configured and provisioned to be enterprise ready.
Automation is Your Friend- Automate wherever possible. Reducing the number of manual processes is the best way to keep up with Microsoft’s faster update schedule. To help offload some of the burdens on IT, you can take advantage of technologies that automatically detect Windows 10 anomalies to keep your environment in sync. Using a tool that automatically pushes content changes a single time when the content is updated, increases deployment rates by ensuring that the latest versions are always available as soon as possible.
Security First – While security is a primary factor for enterprises choosing to move to Windows 10, you can’t forget about following security best practices. Create a strategy to centrally manage security settings on devices. Encrypt content everywhere to protect all software assets. Manage role-based security to limit the control different administrators have over the enterprise. Don’t forget to maintain visibility and control. Know where content is being deployed in real-time and control the priorities of distribution which will ensure that critical IT items, like security updates, never get negatively impacted during Windows 10 deployments.
Budget Impact: A new subscription model means businesses will need to adjust from a CapEx approach to an OpEx one. This can be a potential strain on an organization at first. Larger enterprises will be challenged to move to a budgeting process that can reconcile IT support and license costs that spreads out over a period of time, in contrast to the predictability of budgeting upfront.
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Can you relate?
A furniture retailer in the US provides their salespeople on the showroom floor with Windows 10 tablets. This allows the salespeople to enter the furniture items customers are interested in as they walk around the store, check inventory, color choices and ship times. This makes the whole shopping experience feel very personalized and gives the customer answers to their questions on the spot. The salespeople can access the manufacturer’s websites to find out more information and when the customer gets to the checkout, they simply need to pay to complete their transaction.
They needed to deploy a new Windows 10 application quickly to all of their tablets but had no central way to do that.
Infront worked with them to understand their requirements, the number of stores, number of tablets and tablet connectivity. Based on the discovered requirements, Infront architected the design and deployed SCCM to allow them to quickly and centrally control application deployment to Windows 10 tablets.
With the SCCM infrastructure in place, Infront built the Windows 10 application package and walked them through the deployment process and showed them how to track successful deployment and remediate any failed application installations.
They are now able to centrally deploy and manage all of their devices, tablets, desktops, and servers using a single SCCM console. They are able to ensure patch deployment and report on compliance monthly. They were also able to save tens of thousands of dollars on manual IT administrative tasks deploying applications as well as the expense of having IT technicians travel to all of their stores to perform the manual IT tasks.
Windows 10 Application Deployment, System Center Configuration Manager, Automated Application Provisioning, Patch Management, Compliance
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