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Business moving to Windows 7 need 20 to 60 percent IT budget increase, Gartner

Gartner Inc. warning that business migrating from Windows XP and 2000 to Windows 7 can expect their budget to swell in 2011-2012. Gartner reckoned that orgs that want to quickly migrate over to Win7 in 2011 and 2012 have a number of options, each of which comes with a price tag that’ll undoubtedly affect company budgets.

“Microsoft will support XP for four more years. With most migrations not starting until Q4’10 at the earliest, and PC hardware replacement cycles typically running at 4 to 5 years, most organisations willn’t be able to migrate to Win7 through usual planned hardware refresh before support for XP ends.”

“If a 10,000 computer-strong business decided to buy in new PCs with OS upgrade included, their CTOs and bean counters can expect to see capital costs amount to about 60% of total replacement cost, said Gartner, based on each PC being priced at between $1,205 and $1,999.” “Using existing PCs will reduce capital costs of migration, but willn’t reduce labor costs of migration,” the analysts noted.


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