I’ve recently moved from supporting our executive offices to a new position on our Windows 7 migration project. We have roughly 12,000 Windows XP systems. Some used a general office computers, others are in critical call centers who are operational 24 x 7. Some are with staff out in the field daily. Not to mention, at last count we have 10’s of thousands of applications that all have to be certified or may require some form of remediation to ensure they function correctly under Windows 7.
One of the bigger challenges is timing. Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP April 2014. The project has a deadline of January 1st to wrap up the project. With 4,000+ systems still to go, it will be difficult at best. To add to the mix, we’ve had several MAJOR reorg’s within our IT organization and key staff members have been either laid off or moved to other projects.