According to a recent poll, the top 2 factors slowing XP migrations were application compatibility (42.65%) and not enough IT resources (42.65%).

“Really! App Compat? At this stage in the game?”  I said (well, shouted) when the poll first came out last month.

Sep 10, 2013 Poll screenshot from Windows IT Pro, “What is Bogging Down your Windows Migration Plans” by Rod Trent application compatibility blog

Sep 10, 2013 Poll screenshot from Windows IT Pro, “What is Bogging Down your Windows XP Migration Plans?” by Rod Trent

At first, those top answers seemed like instant content for “Really?!?! with Seth & Amy” – a great Saturday Night Live skit where the satirical commentators give a sarcastic rundown of some kind of ridiculous news story.  But as we’ve been talking to some of the enterprises currently working on XP migration plans, it’s apparent they’ve been thinking about this project a long time, they are just surprised by some of the challenges.

Enterprises don’t know how many applications they actually have to migrate. They created a plan, but the actual work time took them by surprise. They plunged in to a manual migration process, but didn’t plan for the unexpected application compatibility issues. They lack experience because key staff who went through the move to XP over 10 years ago left the company. Great news- Citrix has solutions to help with each of these challenges in the 7 months you have left to migrate.

Many organizations successfully complete XP migrations on time and within their budget by automating the most difficult part of the process – application compatibility. They don’t need extra IT resources because they take advantage of intelligent, accurate automated application testing software to do the upfront work. They discover what applications – managed and unmanaged- are in their environment. They follow the application remediation advice determined by experts and divide up application fixes between junior and senior level staff. They use tools to correctly size and scope their application migration. They know the time, cost and risk involved in an application migration project. They plan a dual physical migration and virtualization strategy to deliver applications to end users in short timelines.

Learn more about moving a stalled XP migration with these resources

-          Windows XP Application Migration checklist

-          Exploring Application Compatibility Methods white paper

-          Application Migration workbook

-          AppDNA ROI calculator

Plus, download the no-charge AppDNA application migration trial edition

As we move to the April 2014 XP migration deadline, keep updating the poll with your answers. Hopefully the results will sway toward the “Other” votes—and the comments will say “we’re already migrated!”