Webinar: Make the shift to Windows 10

On 20th May 2019, together with Phoenix Software, License Dashboard hosted a webinar to discuss how the looming End of Support date for Windows 7 should be seen as an opportunity to transform your organization and to migrate to Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows 10 migration for business digitization

Modernizing and updating the way in which they work is top of most organizations’ agendas at the moment. They’re thinking about efficiency, they’re thinking about security, and they’re thinking about GDPR compliance in an ever-changing IT landscape. License Dashboard support Phoenix Software’s Change Management and End User Adoption packages to help customers understand their current licensing position, and encourage the ongoing adoption of any new technology so the value of investment in hardware, software, and licensing is truly realised.

The combination of Office 365 and Windows 10, or Microsoft 10 as it’s known by many, and the advances it brings in AI and IoT is overhauling business process to make them faster, more productive, and keep people connected. Collaboration can now happen any time, any where, with a connected device infused in public cloud services.

For many organizations, there can be technical or commercial obstacles with migration, however with Extended Support for Windows 7 kicking in from 14 January 2020, their options are becoming limited. They could choose to continue to run Windows 7 with no security updates (which is highly unrecommended!) or they can choose to pay the Extended Support costs which, generally speaking, start on an expensive by-devices basis, and increase in price year on year.

It means the longer they wait, the more it will cost.

While Windows 10 can be accessed through Azure Virtual Desktop’s public preview, the fact that some management is still US-based means the data charges might make it less commercially viable. Similarly, buying new hardware with Windows 10 already deployed provides the access, but at a significant cost.

Migration to Microsoft 10 as a solution is currently the most productive and most secure. Phoenix Software has found it to be very popular amongst its public sector customers due to its relative affordability, and its evergreen nature. It’s compatible with the modern devices people expect to be using in the workplace these days, and negates the risk of shadow IT and added licensing costs.

That sounds great, but what about my software licensing?

It’s a given that Windows 10 is on the horizon, but in order to move forward, and truly benefit from the migration, organizations must understand where their IT estate is right now. License Dashboard’s technology creates a repository of data to show what parts of the Microsoft Stack are currently being used. This means listing incidences of Windows 10, Windows 7, anything older such as XP, and digging deep into how it’s being used and therefore what needs updating. The organization is presented with a full license position revealing what they have, what they are licensed for, and what they need in the future.

Entitlement

Without a central repository, how does an organization know what licences need to move to Windows 10? License Manager pulls together all volume licensing, taking into account additional entitlement such as transfers, non-volume, and licenses purchased through a service provider – and then shows how this can be applied for the future.

Inventory

License Dashboard’s technology collates the installs and devices on the organization’s IT estate and is agnostic so can draw from and consolidate different inventory sources like SCCM, VCentre, and AD. Any missing areas are covered with both agent- and agentless- scans.

Devices

Knowing what’s deployed on what device is key to fully understanding the IT estate. If the organization is mid-deployment, License Dashboard’s technology can confirm which devices utilize Windows 10, Windows 7, and what’s out of support in Office, as well as the device’s specification to prove future compatibility. This service is complemented by a SAM Consultant with an extensive Microsoft background, who will explain how the hardware an organization has will need to be licensed.

Making a business case for Microsoft 10 migration

License Dashboard provides a rich commentary of the risks within an organization’s IT estate including what is moving toward the End of Support. Recommendations for updated software licenses will help future-proof any changes and highlight the best way to license Microsoft 10.

In order to help the IT Department justify the expenditure associated with keeping up with a technology landscape that changes so quickly, a licensing strategy session held with stakeholders will explain what is truly necessary. Device, software, and risk factors are brought in with a Microsoft procurement vehicle to reveal four Focus Options to form a written report with a full business case which will underpin any decision regarding cost and strategy.

Click here to watch the webinar in full.

Ben Eagling

Ben Eagling

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