Reducing the Headaches of Device Migration

Workstation upgrades to keep up with advances in hardware and software are a wonderful thing that can make an enterprise more productive. In fact, the average organization replaces 25 to 30 percent of its client devices annually. Migrations can often be complex and messy, adding up to millions of dollars in lost productivity and IT labor costs. Fortunately, Code42 helps companies make these transitions more quickly and with less fuss so that employees can get back to work.

Lost data, lost productivity
So what exactly are the obstacles to device migration, and how can they be overcome? One issue is lost and misplaced files. Indeed, one-third of traditional migrations result in data loss, posing a critical problem for businesses. Migrating to a new piece of hardware can be a lot like moving into a new house. No matter how well you’ve labeled your moving boxes, some of them inevitably end up in the wrong room—your kitchen boxes in the basement, for example, or your basement boxes in your den. And in some cases, they can be lost altogether.

The same is true when moving to a new piece of hardware. You get a new computer, and it’s beautiful and exciting. Yet when you boot it up, you may wonder, “Where’s that file I needed for the upcoming sales seminar?” or “Where are the pictures for my screen saver?” Lost and misplaced files can be an even bigger problem when moving between platforms—say from Macintosh to Windows, from Windows to Linux, or from Linux to Macintosh. When enterprises adopt a new platform, their files don’t necessarily end up in the same place. It’s like moving into a new house that doesn’t have a den and suddenly you think, “Where did all my den boxes go?”

Another issue with device migrations is that they can disrupt productivity. Let’s say you have 10,000 employees who are getting new computers this year. If they each lose three hours of time as the migration occurs and another hour after the fact searching for misplaced files, that’s 40,000 raw hours in lost productivity. But, the cost is much higher when you take into account missed deadlines and botched business opportunities.

Likewise, device migrations can be extremely time-consuming for IT administrators. Say your organization needs to refresh 30,000 laptops per year. If each laptop takes 2.5 hours to migrate, that’s 75,000 in IT administrator hours—time that could be devoted to other initiatives. And at $25 per hour, the cost would be a whopping $1.9 million annually to your organization. The complications of device migrations may sound as simple as, “I want my wallpaper.” But they can quickly turn into a multi-million-dollar problem.

Code42: An easier path to device migration
By implementing Code42 enterprises can make device migrations far more seamless, minimizing lost productivity, and potentially saving millions of dollars. For one, there’s no lost data—even when moving between platforms, and no lost preferences when moving between Macintosh or Linux to Windows. Code42 offers continuous, automatic backup of all end-user data, giving IT administrators the assurance that data is protected before a migration begins. Moreover, we’re operating system friendly, making it easy to transfer content from one system to another, whether it’s between Mac, Windows, or Linux, or between the same operating system.

Second, downtime is minimized. Since data is stored in the cloud, neither IT administrators nor employees are required to sit and wait for data transfers in side-by-side device migrations. Instead, the backup happens continuously and silently in the background, so users can stay productive.

Third, device migrations are extremely convenient. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Code42 is that it can be truly self-service and does not require administrator intervention. We leave it up to you: end users can restore files on demand, or, for larger-scale migrations, IT administrators can make it a touchless process. For those wanting self-service, the device migration wizard has been bolstered in our latest 5.4 release to make do-it-yourself operations even faster and more intuitive. The result is that end users can restore their own data when it’s most convenient for them. Whether migrations are done in bulk by central IT or as self-directed ad hoc procedure by a user, IT teams avoid spending thousands of hours on these tasks and put their energies elsewhere.

The tools needed to keep up
The rapid pace of hardware and software innovation isn’t going to let up anytime soon—and that’s a great thing for enterprises that want to maintain a competitive edge. With Code42, companies have the tools they need to keep up with advancing technology—without jeopardizing productivity in the process.

To learn more, please see our “Data Migration with Code42 CrashPlan” webpage.

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