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Thursday, 03 December 2015 18:59

Planning in advance for OS migration critical says Zebra


Timely preparation for migration to a new operating system is critical and should not be left until the last minute, although Australian companies and organisations may not be taking a sufficiently strategic approach to managing their own IT needs.

According to IT services and solutions company, Zebra, the scheduled ending of support for Windows Embedded operating systems, WEHH (WM6.5) and WEC (Windows CE) in five years, means companies should be preparing now to deal with the issue.

Prompted mainly by the ending of support for the Windows embedded operating systems, Zebra’s Australian team is conducting a series of roadshows to tell its clients, and other organisations,  how to transition their own systems.

Wayne Harper, Senior Technical Director, Asia Pacific, Zebra Technologies APAC, has cautioned Australian companies they need to think about how they implement the process “sooner rather than later” to get the full benefits from the migration.

“The support for Windows ending in 2020 has been out and about for a while, but a lot of people have not been aware of it, taking an ostrich-like approach by burying their heads in the sand, believing they don’t need to do anything,” Harper says.

Harper says Zebra now has a product offering across its entire product portfolio that can help its customers and partners move across to a new operating system.

The Zebra solution virtualises existing software apps being run by an organisation, making them run on Zebra’s own technology solutions.

Our customers and partners don’t have to go through the pain of redeveloping the application,” says Harper.

On the issue of migrating an OS “sooner rather than later”, Harper says Zebra tells companies that the time it takes to develop an application can be anything from 12 months to two to three years, so they should be developing a strategy now – five years out from when the Windows operating systems, including Windows CE that runs on more than 15 million mobile devices - reaches end-of-support.

As Harper says, the end of support for the Windows CE is likely to affect businesses if their workers use enterprise mobile devices to carry out work functions, track assets and communicate.

"It is therefore the time for businesses to plan their migration from soon to be unsupported versions of Windows Embedded solutions,” Harper says.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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