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The Register: Big corporates 'pained' by Win2K rollouts

Aug 14, 2000, 16:12 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Thomas)

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"A report from Giga Information Group claims that large corporates are taking six to nine months longer than anticipated to move to Windows 2000. A poll of around 100 major customers showed that two thirds of corporations will hold off from deploying W2K until 2001. The report states: "Ask IS managers and executives for the first word that comes to mind to describe a Windows 2000 migration, and you get the following responses: Complex. Slow. Expensive. Lengthy. Painful."

"Anecdotal evidence Giga compiled from interviews with more than four dozen early adopters suggests the Windows 2000 migration - which includes the design, testing, staff training and rollout - is taking about six to nine months longer than originally planned for enterprise shops with 10,000 or 20,000-plus desktops and multiple, remote offices."

"But the report does finally get around to asking the $64,000 question: "Are the benefits derived from a Windows 2000 migration worth the risks and the pain once an organisation has suffered and survived the myriad technical glitches, disruptions to the daily routine and lived through seemingly endless hours of overtime?" And the answer appears to be a resounding 'Yes'."

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