Typically organisations embarking on a Windows migration will be looking to utilise Active Directory (AD) as the principle source for people and profile information. From our experience AD is rarely up to date and complete, often missing key organisation structure, location and contact details.
Typically projects will use a federated data on a least worst approach which can cost time and effort and leaves the existing data gap.
To address this we would recommend establishing a User Data Strategy early on in the planning phase. This is to enable effective migration planning, end user communication and management information for the migration.
We would recommend automating the process for AD updates:
Ultimately at this point its all about the users, and making sure the project has the data it needs to manage the migration effectively.
As technology continues to develop, it is true that some older programs become casualties of innovation. This often leaves organisations with important decisions to be made as older applications may not be compatible with the latest operating platforms such as Windows 10.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation due to come into force on 25 May 2018, at which time businesses and organisations’ responsibilities for the handling and processing of personal data will change.
In less than two years, Microsoft will end extended support for Windows 7. With an estimated 69%* of corporations still to migrate to Windows 10, now’s the time to start thinking and planning a successful transition.