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VNU Net: Windows 2000 migration could be costly

Sep 16, 1999, 18:09 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jo Pettitt)

"Even as Microsoft touts the added benefits of Windows 2000, such as improved manageability, industry analyst Gartner Group has warned for most companies migrating to Windows 2000 from Windows NT Workstation 4.0, or Windows 9x, return on investment within three years will be 'difficult'.

According to Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg... 'Through to 2002, 80 per cent of the enterprises that migrate to Windows 2000 will fail to achieve ROI within three years from cost savings alone and 80 per cent of all Windows 2000 migrations for enterprises with more than 500 desktops, will exceed their budgets for time or money by at least 25 per cent.'

Gartner warned that its migration cost estimates are for desktops and do not consider the costs for implementing back end servers or Active Directory, which will be needed to optimise the operating system's performance.

Gartenberg added: 'Operating system migration is a time consuming, labour intensive and expensive undertaking,' he said. 'Despite the benefits and total cost of ownership improvements of Windows 2000, the cost of migration will make it prohibitive for many enterprises.' "

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