Device migrations have always been an unpleasant fact of life for enterprise IT and are only becoming more frequent. With new devices, new operating systems, OS updates and more coming out multiple times a year, businesses are constantly moving users to the latest tech to keep them at the leading edge of productivity and security.
As of March 2018, Windows 10 was only being used by 39 percent of all Windows users. With Windows 7 reaching the end of extended support in 2020, the pressure to move users to Windows 10 will increase over the next two years. That means there are many, many device migration projects on the horizon for enterprise IT teams.
In order to maintain the highest possible amount of IT and end user productivity, organizations should consider shifting to a “DIY,” or employee-led, migration model.
One-to-one migrations don’t fit the digital enterprise
Whether you call them one-to-one migrations, IT-heavy migrations or white-glove treatment, the traditional approach to device migration can’t keep up with the increasing frequency of tech refresh projects in the typical enterprise.
- Users lose hours–or days–of productivity: Most one-to-one migrations take several hours, if not days. That means users often lose an entire day of productivity. That’s annoying for the individual user, and the collective impact is immense in large-scale, enterprise-wide tech refresh projects.
- IT is overwhelmed: For businesses in every industry, IT is shifting from acting as a necessary cost center to delivering a wide range of differentiating value. But when they’re forced to spend the bulk of their time on low-level tasks like one-to-one migrations, IT teams have less time for high-value projects.
- Projects run on forever: A survey of Code42 customers found that the biggest challenge for migration projects delivered via traditional approaches was scheduling time with users. Flexible work schedules, increasing mobility and a growing remote workforce make scheduling one-to-one-migrations a nightmare. This is part of the reason that data migrations have an average time overrun of 41 percent.
- They’re incredibly expensive: Businesses tend to think the cost of the technology itself is the big budget item in tech refresh. But IT costs are what lead 80 percent of data migrations to run over budget.
- Valuable data falls through the cracks: Traditional device migration workflows lean heavily on manual user actions for data backup and restore. The result: One in three enterprise data migration projects experience significant data loss.
Moving to a DIY migration model
As device migrations come more frequently, the pain of the “old way” is becoming evident to IT and business leaders. Moreover, innovative businesses and industry analysts are demonstrating and quantifying the promise of a more scalable approach to device migration.
Imagine end users performing their own migrations in as little as 30 minutes, with no lost data. Consider the massive productivity savings for both users and IT when extended across an enterprise. The savings add up quickly, and both IT and end users are happier.
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