The Reason to Switch to Windows 10 (other than because you have to)

Let’s face it. For many enterprises, the reason to switch to Windows 10 is simply because they have to. I don’t blame them. A major software migration like going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 can take months of planning and staff time, cost millions of dollars in new software and equipment and cause untold disruption to staff who like things just the way they are, thank you very much.

If it were up to some companies, I’m sure they’d be happy to stay working on Windows 7. Heck, I’m sure a few would have been happy to stick with XP. As much as those of us in the technology industry like to preach innovation, not everyone is as excited about new technology as we are.

But the fact of the matter is support for Windows 7 runs out in January 2020. Like it or not, your enterprise needs to switch to Windows 10 just to work. That said, the potential for Windows 10 is so much more than business as usual.

Windows 10 is built to take advantage of digital transformation trends like mobile, increased collaboration and the power of the cloud. These trends allow your entire workforce to work together in a way that wasn’t previously possible in a global enterprise. Now an office in London can seamlessly collaborate side by side with an office in Omaha, while employees can work just as effectively from the office as they do from home, the coffee shop, the airport or even on the airplane. In addition, because of its regular updates, Windows 10 will ensure your employees are always working with the latest tools and on most secure system.

However, unlike OS updates in the past, Windows 10 isn’t something you can do piecemeal across your global enterprise. To unlock the full benefits you must make sure everyone on your network is working with the same, most up-to-date version of the software. If the Omaha office doesn’t get the latest update, then they won’t be able to access the same functionality as your other offices, not to mention your competitors. And if the London office didn’t get the security patch the rest of your enterprise received, then your entire business can be put at risk.

But because of the velocity of Window’s updates and patches, keeping your entire enterprise up-to-date will be a challenge. Windows 10 will act as Windows as a Service, meaning enterprises can expect major upgrades twice a year along with monthly updates and unpredictably-timed security patches. These updates and upgrades aren’t something you can afford to do incrementally an office or a device at at time. To achieve the full benefit of Windows 10, your entire enterprise has to be on the same page.

Is your network up to the task? All this software traveling through your network at once has the risk of either slowing down your critical business applications or never getting to the edge of your network in the first place.

As you think about the potential Windows 10 has to transform the way your business works, think about what you can do to ensure your network is able to support this transformation. For many enterprises, peering software will be essential to delivering Windows 10 updates and patches quickly and at scale.

With Windows as a Service, innovation is coming whether you like it, want it and are ready for it or not. However, by embracing Windows 10 and optimizing your network to take advantage of it, you’ll be able to improve collaboration, security, mobility and productivity throughout your organization.

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