Gartner: Windows 7 skills shortage looms

 

Predicts migration wave.

Analyst firm Gartner has warned organisations to expect a rise in IT labour costs, predicting a rush on Windows 7 migrations commencing in 2011.

Demand for "highly qualified" Windows 7 migration skills will exceed supply and lead to higher service rates starting next year, Gartner analysts said in a research note.

Microsoft will end support for Windows XP within the next four years, Gatrner said, causing a rush on Windows 7 upgrades which would fall outside the usual hardware refresh cycle.

"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," said Charles Smulders, managing vice president at Gartner.

Worldwide, Gartner expects some 250 million PCs will be upgraded from Windows XP and 2000 to Windows 7 during the period.

 Smulders said businesses should beat the rush and line up service providers early.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Gartner: Windows 7 skills shortage looms
 
 
 
Top Stories
Windows 10 lands in Australia
Campaign to get business to upgrade kicks off.
 
NSW to build its own myGov
Service NSW digital profiles available by September.
 
Android bug leaves a billion phones open to attack
Hackers only need phone number to target devices.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should law enforcement be able to buy and use exploits?



   |   View results
Yes
  14%
 
No
  50%
 
Only in special circumstances
  17%
 
Yes, but with more transparency
  19%
TOTAL VOTES: 732

Vote