According to Forrester Research (which has really been cranking out the studies in the past few days), businesses are deploying Office 2007 at a rapid clip. More than 40 percent of the 259 IT decision makers in North America and Western Europe that Forrester surveyed already have deployed Office 2007.
“The adoption of Office 2007 appears a lot healthier than what people thought,” said Kyle McNabb, principal researcher for the study. “Lots of enterprises are adopting it with Service Pack 1.”
Other findings from Forrester’s “The State Of Microsoft Office 2007 Desktop Adoption” study (which is only available to subscribers to Forrester’s research service):
- The majority of those surveyed plan to deploy Office 2007 within the next 12 months (21 percent immediately, 43 percent within 6 months and 29 percent within 12 months)
- SharePoint Server 2007 is being deployed at almost identical rates and often in tandem with Office 2007.
- Of those surveyed, 43 percent said Office 2007 rollouts were tied to upgrades in PC hardware
- *The release of Office 2007 SP1 “removed a hurdle keeping many from moving forward in calendar year 2007.”
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