Conclusion: More than a year after its launch, IT managers in large enterprises perceive Vista as being costly, having compatibility issues with legacy applications and offering few benefits over its popular predecessor, Windows XP.

However, there is a concern that delaying the move to Vista may lead to problems in the deployment of other highly-desired products from Microsoft and third-parties. This concern is unfounded. Given the other more pressing priorities for IT management, and the relatively few benefits associated with Vista, organisations can afford to wait at least another three years before migrating to Vista, or skip the current iteration of Vista altogether. IT managers should look beyond pure operating system issues and examine a variety of desktop and application deployment models.

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Joseph Sweeney

About The Advisor

Joseph Sweeney

Dr. Joseph Sweeney is an IBRS advisor specialising in the areas of workforce transformation and the future of work, including; workplace strategies, end-user computing, collaboration, workflow and low code development, data-driven strategies, policy, and organisational cultural change. He is the author of IBRS’s Digital Workspaces methodology. Dr Sweeney has a particular focus on Microsoft, Google, AWS, VMWare, and Citrix. He often assists organisations in rationalising their licensing spend while increasing workforce engagement. He is also deeply engaged in the education sector. Joseph was awarded the University of Newcastle Medal in 2007 for his studies in Education, and his doctorate, granted in 2015, was based on research into Australia’s educational ICT policies for student device deployments.