Is Microsoft Vista finally gaining some traction with
enterprise IT? A new study from technology products and
services vendor CDW suggests that it is.
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The CDW survey of 772 IT decision-makers was conducted in
collaboration with research consultancy Walker Information in
October and November, 2007.
Of those who are evaluating or using Windows Vista, 35
percent are in some stage of migration to the operating system,
up from 12 percent in a previous CDW poll in February 2007. And
13 percent of respondents have already completed a migration to
Vista, compared with 6 percent in February.
Improved security and performance top the list of Vista’s
most-attractive features, with 65 percent of respondents citing
security and 55 percent citing performance as the top benefits
they believe they’ll see from implementing Vista.
As for concerns surrounding Vista, expected bugs tops the
list. Fifty-one percent of respondents gave this as a priority
consideration when thinking about implementation. That number is slightly less than in February’s poll, when 52 percent cited that worry. Respondents did show less concern about Vista’s hardware
requirements, compared with February’s survey. Twenty-seven
percent now say that hardware requirements are excessive, down
from 37 percent.
Despite the upward adoption trend, a significant number of
IT shops still view an upgrade to Vista unnecessary.
Thirty-seven percent say that their current OS meets their
needs; that figure was 40 percent in the February poll.