"As more and more people move onto BYOD strategy with tablets and mobile devices that allow them to work in a flexible way, if your business doesn't adopt those then you will be left behind," Shepley said.
"Doing this with XP is logistically impossible: Windows 7 and 8 are a requirement for moving to this direction, so there are costs in terms of efficiencies and flexibility in your workforce."
Of the businesses Camwood had spoke to which had already begun migration, many have made good progress. Over half of respondents in process of migrating their systems believe that they are on track to meet the deadline. At the same time a third of businesses have already completed 75 percent of the process.
A separate study from 1E showed that of the 250 senior IT decision makers surveyed, less than a quarter had completed migration to Windows 7. The report, covering organisations with over 250 staff, also highlighted that just 40 percent of the businesses surveyedhad begun migrating systems.
"The message is loud and clear - organisations that are not yet off the starting blocks or only a little way down the track are highly unlikely to complete before the Microsoft deadline," explains Sumir Karayi, CEO at 1E.
"Whether the delay is because they misunderstood the sheer scale of the project, or that they are coming across myriad technical hurdles - from application reinstallation to gotchas around device drivers - which they never encountered before, it means they cannot confidently predict when they will finish the project or how much it will cost them.
"Ultimately, the challenge of such a project is that few IT teams will have ever experienced such a complex migration."
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