Windows 7 migration: Calculating the ROI

Windows 7 migration: Calculating the ROI

Summary: The decision to upgrade to Windows 7 will need to make the cheque-signers happy, so this video explores the return on investment following the upgrade


Having decided that it's a good idea to upgrade to Windows 7, you need to come up with some numbers to keep the cheque-signers happy. In this video, we examine the need to inventory your existing infrastructure, and also estimate the cost of maintaining the status quo — including potentially locking your organisation out of new business models. With the numbers in place, you can make a suitably informed decision based on the likely return on investment following the upgrade.

Topics: Windows, IT Employment

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  • That’s a great presentation! Can I get this in Power Point form? I’m sure our "guys with the checkbook" will be happy :)

    One thing it seems to be missing (or I am missing?) – what about migration and compatibility tools? They can significantly affect the costs and considerations throughout the process – starting with incompatible IE6 apps and through to the actual migration labor hours. Even if you are using just XP Mode this will have effect, and if you are using a full-scale migration solution such as Zinstall XP7 or maybe Dell – this just changes the whole picture.

    What do you think?
  • Thanks for your input: if you look at our companion article subtitled 'All systems go' (, you'll see a list of migration tools, many of which are free. But yes, if you have a large installed base of legacy XP-only applications, the cost of upgrading them or creating workarounds will be significant.
    Charles McLellan