Microsoft’s Windows 10
Enterprise Adoption Accelerates
July 5, 2017
Survey indicates an unexpected acceleration of Microsoft’s Windows 10
uptake in the enterprise. The newest Adaptiva survey suggests that
enterprises have reached a tipping point in their migration to Windows
10, despite a lengthy planning cycle. More enterprises than expected
have completed their Windows 10 migrations, and a majority of those that
have not completed their migrations expect to take less than a year from
the time they begin their formal efforts. Over the preparation hurdle, a
significant number of IT leaders expect to leverage automation tools to
migrate all their systems to Windows 10 with a staff of fewer than six
“The enterprise now appears to be embracing Windows 10 more aggressively
than we would have expected from last year’s results,” said Jim Souders,
chief executive officer at Adaptiva. “It’s taken IT leaders a bit longer
to get to this point than most industry experts anticipated a year or
two ago, but now they’re finding that once they’ve completed their
lengthy planning cycle and decided on their automation solutions, they
can move rather quickly.”
Nearly 99 percent of this year’s 446 respondents indicated that their
companies plan to migrate to Windows 10. Of these:
◾Nearly 53 percent have already
migrated more than 10 percent of their systems to Windows 10.
◾28 percent are more than halfway
through their migrations — and that number is expected to climb to 52
percent by this time next year.
Responses to last year’s survey indicated that only 7.2 percent of total
respondents expected to be more than halfway through their Windows 10
migrations by this time. Yet the 2017 Windows 10 Enterprise Impact
Survey responses reveal that more than 10 percent of respondents have
already completed their migrations to Windows 10.
Plan Carefully …
Many companies still have much planning and preparation to complete
before they can begin an organization-wide migration to Windows 10.
◾Nearly 35 percent of respondents
expect to complete their migration planning in less than three months.
◾More than half of the respondents
(52 percent) estimate that it will be four to 12 months, and 14 percent
expect it to take even longer.
Nearly 57 percent of IT leaders identified time as the biggest migration
challenge they face. This is a first; in previous years, other
challenges appeared more pressing.
… Deploy Quickly
One reason time is on the minds of IT leaders is because of the amount
of it they anticipate spending on each system to be migrated:
◾57 percent of respondents expect
migration to take between two and four hours per system.
◾13 percent of respondents expect the
migration to Windows 10 to take a day or more per system.
While this might suggest that organizations expect to deploy armies of
IT personnel to migrate these machines, 49 percent of respondents
indicated that they expected to complete their entire migration efforts
with a team of five or fewer IT members.
Key to minimizing resource demands appears to be the widespread use of
automation tools designed to facilitate migration: 42 percent of
respondents anticipate that the majority of their systems (90 percent or
more) will be migrated to Windows 10 without any manual intervention.
“IT leaders are discovering that there’s more that can be automated than
they expected, and that makes it easier to enable a small team of people
to accomplish Windows 10 deployment tasks in a short amount of time.”
Windows 10 Deployment
Many of the world’s largest enterprises, including financial
institutions, retailers, manufacturing leaders and healthcare providers,
rely on Adaptiva to accelerate their large-scale Windows 10 deployments.
The company’s flagship Adaptiva OneSite content distribution engine
delivers enterprises a distinct advantage by enabling them to use
intelligent peer-to-peer technology to quickly migrate tens of thousands
of systems onto the newest OS at greatly reduced cost and administrative