Today's operating system migrations are a lot more complicated than they were before. The projects aren't just straight OS to OS migrations. Companies also need to consider server, virtual and desktop environments.
On top of increased complexity, organizations also need to deal with their application compatibility. This is a huge concern with organizations moving to Windows 7 and 8. Another challenge is understanding how many applications you have in your environment, and which of those applications are actually being used.
To solve these challenges, we have Asset Manager Discovery Edition and ChangeBASE which have been bundled together to provide a great solution. Asset Manager Discovery Edition can be used to identify which applications you have, which ones are being used, and which applications may be duplicates. We have seen clients eliminate between 50% to 90% of their applicational state with our solution. This is important for ensuring that there's no wasted costs of assessing applications that should really be retired.
The rationalized list of applications must be assessed for compatibility against your design platform and technologies. These can be very expensive and time consuming exercises if done manually. ChangeBASE enables you to import your application list, no matter what format your applications are in, and it can automatically convert any nonstandard applications into Windows' Installer format. Once this is done, you can use ChangeBASE to test your applications for compatibility with Windows 7 and 8, 32 or 64 bit, Office, Windows Server, browser, whether that's IE or Firefox, as well as the application virtualization technology. Doing this manually, one resource can test around two applications per day-- with ChangeBASE, you can do hundreds.
After ChangeBASE tests your applications, it provides detailed compatibility reports, offers granular information on how to fix identified issues, and where possible, automatic fixes are available. Finally, ChangeBASE can automatically convert applications into a virtual format. Doing this manually, one resource could virtualize between two to four applications per day-- with ChangeBASE, you can convert up to 100. So in summary, our solution has cut the time and cost of customers' desktop, server and browser migration projects in half.