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Ignite Your Windows 10 Migration with Two End User Experience Monitoring Resources

Aternity September 21, 2016


Windows 10 migration is sure to be among the focus points of next week’s Microsoft Ignite event in Atlanta. One billion devices running Windows 10 by 2018. That’s Microsoft’s goal. And, according to a recent eWeek article, Microsoft is well on the way to that target. As of this summer, Windows 10 is already running on 350 million devices. The Windows 10 adoption rate is outpacing that of Windows 7, the most prevalent OS in the enterprise market.

What’s the impact on end user experience monitoring? Hitting this massive goal is key to Microsoft’s strategic initiative of providing a unified user experience across the broad range of device types used by business end users, from smartphones to tablets and PCs, to conference room displays.

Despite the progress, many enterprises have yet to migrate. A ZDNet article comparing Windows 10, 8, XP, and 7 enterprise adoption metrics shows that while Windows 10 penetration has hit double digits, the vast majority of enterprises still run Windows 7. And with support for Windows 7 until January 2020, enterprises have plenty of time to move. Yet enterprise-wide migrations can take 12-18 months, so the time to begin is fast approaching.

Source: ZDNet, the Ed Bott Report, February 2, 2016

Leveraging end user experience monitoring and the deming cycle

One of the best uses cases for leveraging End User Experience Monitoring is before, during, and after major IT initiatives. With SteelCentral Aternity, enterprises can benchmark IT performance, validate and quantify the impact of that change, and provide the kind of empirical evidence that’s needed to justify a better approach to ensure end user adoption and usage.

Not only can end user experience monitoring help you plan and execute a major migration like Windows 10, but it can also help you analyze performance trends to proactively assess the size and nature of any potential issues before they escalate and affect the end user experience.

One approach to large scale change, such as Windows migration, is to leverage the four-step continuous improvement technique of the Deming Cycle. Each step of the process builds on the previous. And end user experience monitoring plays a key role in each step, especially since Microsoft’s goal for Windows 10 is to enable a seamless user experience across the multitude of devices used within enterprises.

Resource 1: SteelCentral Aternity Windows 10 migration guide

The SteelCentral Aternity step by step Windows 10 Migration Guide helps you use End User Experience Monitoring through the phases of the Deming Cycle. This guide contains 15 keys for ensuring a successful Windows 10 migration, in four major sections:

1. Plan | 4 Key Steps for Planning Your Windows 10 Migration

2. Do | 4 Metrics to Monitor During Your Windows 10 Migration

3. Check | 3 Ways to Verify the Impact of Your Windows 10

4. Act | 4 Use Cases for Incorporating End User Experience Monitoring into Your Daily Operational Activities

Resource 2: Windows 10 migration on-demand webinar

Reading is one thing, but seeing SteelCentral Aternity in action is another. You can also watch a 30 minute on-demand webinar covering how SteelCentral Aternity is used throughout the four phases of the Deming Cycle. The webinar covers:

  • Strategies for planning, implementing, analyzing, and monitoring performance for continuous improvement during your Windows 10 migration with SteelCentral Aternity
  • How SteelCentral Aternity can help you gain faster insight into the actionable information that enables IT teams and the business to keep up
  • Real-word examples and use cases of how to leverage end user experience data to ensure that your change management initiatives are successful

SteelCentral Aternity – end user experience monitoring to ensure successful Microsoft migrations

Windows 10 migrations are not the only major Microsoft change initiative underway at most enterprises. Migration to Microsoft Office 2016 and Office 365, and the increased usage of Surface tablets also require IT to have visibility into end user experience to ensure these initiatives deliver the expected gains in workforce productivity.

SteelCentral Aternity delivers faster insight into the actionable information that enables IT teams and the business to keep up. SteelCentral Aternity adds value to the device and infrastructure monitoring capabilities of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager by automatically monitoring and correlating together the three streams of data that constitute true user experience—user productivity, device health and performance, and application performance, including out of the box business activities for the most important Microsoft Productivity Suite applications.

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