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Windows 7 migration process to create IT professional demand

IT News |  02/09/2010
Windows 7 migration process to create IT professional...The need for businesses to migrate from Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000 to Windows 7 in a short time frame is creating new demand for IT personnel, it has been reported.

According to research consultancy Gartner, companies are now looking to upgrade their IT systems to ensure they remain on a par with their rivals.

Moving to the latest Windows operating system is a key priority for many firms, and this means that demand for IT expertise is likely to exceed supply during 2011 and 2012.

Charles Smulders, managing vice- president at Gartner, said large and midmarket companies are expected to migrate around 250 million PCs to Windows 7 over the next couple of years.

"It makes sense for organisations that plan to leverage external services to line up service providers early," he said.

With the IT recruitment market set for a boost, upward pressure is also likely to be placed on contractor pay rates.

Gartner predicts that the cost of labour will increase over the next two years, and remain at this upper level into 2013.

"Corporate IT departments typically prefer to migrate PC operating systems (OSs) via hardware attrition, which means bringing in the new OS as they replace hardware through a normal refresh cycle," Mr Smulders explained.

"Microsoft will support Windows XP for four more years. With most migrations not starting until the fourth quarter of 2010 at the earliest, and PC hardware replacement cycles typically running at four to five years, most organisations will not be able to migrate to Windows 7 through usual planned hardware refresh before support for Windows XP ends."

Windows 7 was originally released to manufacturers in July 2009, becoming available to the general market last October.

Posted by Stephen Wilkinson


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