Software incompatibility, the need for hardware upgrades, and comfort with existing versions of Microsoft Windows are all causing businesses that once planned to roll out Windows Vista as fast as consumers to put off their deployments, according to Forrester Research Inc.
According to a report published last week and publicly released on Tuesday, Forrester says “most” of the 45 IT managers it spoke to this spring are waiting for the release of Vista Service Pack 1 early next year before starting to “seriously consider” upgrading to Vista. Many others also cited the late-summer release of System Center Configuration Manager 2007, the upgrade to the deployment software formerly known as Systems Management Server (SMS), as another reason they have not started to move from Windows 2000 or XP to Vista.
The informal survey, conducted by Forrester analyst Ben Gray, follows upon a more quantitative survey of 1,605 IT managers in North America and Europe, conducted by Forrester in May 2006. In that survey, 31% of respondents said they planned to deploy Vista within the first year of release, with 53% saying they planned to upgrade within the first two years.
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