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Sixty percent of IT leaders have no plans to deploy Windows Vista

Sixty percent of IT administrators have no plans to deploy Vista despite service pack 1, which fixed the operating systems problems, according to a survey of 1,100 IT managers.
This is a guest post from Larry Dignan. You can read the original article on Larry's blog Between the Lines on TechRepublic's sister site ZDNet.

Sixty percent of IT administrators have no plans to deploy Vista despite service pack 1, which fixed the operating systems problems, according to a survey of 1,100 IT managers.

The survey, conducted by KACE, which makes systems management appliances, found that there are 10 percent more holdouts on Vista deployments. Forty two percent of administrators said they would consider alternative operating systems like Linux and Apple to avoid Vista and 92 percent said the release of SP1 didn't alter their plans.

Apparently Vista psychosis goes beyond just me.

KACE notes that the Vista conundrum can lead to new problems. For instance, IT shops aren't used to managing multiple operating systems and haven't researched Apple OS X or Linux enough. To be sure, KACE's reason for the survey was to pitch its KBox, which is an appliance designed to manage multiple operating systems. Given that disclosure you may want to take the survey with a grain of salt (as a rule I'm skeptical of vendor surveys, but it's worth passing on). You can evaluate the methodology, which looked legit, and the complete survey results from 2008 and 2007 for yourself.

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The bottom line according to KACE is that Microsoft is facing an uphill climb as it tries to alter Vista's perception. By the way, I've gotten a bunch of emails telling me that Vista has been fine and I should give it a go. But pricing a laptop I couldn't help but notice that a Dell with Ubuntu is a lot of horsepower on the cheap. I'm still evaluating my next move, but choices abound. On the corporate level choices also abound. The rub: The OS choice often means complexity.

7 comments
bulok79
bulok79

I'd love to know who the 40% are.

gsaravin
gsaravin

i knew that years ago when ms fiddle faddled with the vista system.Just goes to show 60% of those people are smart cookies. ta gsaravin

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

RE [i]Sixty percent of IT administrators have no plans to deploy Vista despite service pack 1, which fixed the operating systems problems[/i] Not about the 60% figure as I would have thought this to be higher but with the stated Service Pack 1 has fixed the OS's Problems. From a business prospective Vista is still a train wreck looking for a place to happen and hurt business. This is a SP in name only with none of the things that where released in previous SP's even SP3 for XP isn't much of a SP it only includes some additional Networking Utilities to enable XP to talk to Vista better. The last round of released SP's from M$ have been nothing but a bunch of Patches & Hot Fixes rolled into something called a SP for the sake of Marketing I doubt that anyone is really mislead into believing that M$ has fixed Vista yet. This is just M$ Pandering to the Community who believes that you never touch a new Windows Product before the first Service Pack so instead of pushing out a Service Pack to fix a lot of the problems in Vista M$ has just rolled out something that does very little to do anything except look good so that it can be said that M$ has released SP1 so it must be OK to look at Vista. What it really means is that the Community Belief will turn to Never Touch a New Windows OS till we think it may be a good idea instead of till M$ release the first SP. If anything this move by the Marketing Team at M$ will hurt M$ more than if they had of waited till the SP was ready for release. Col

gsaravin
gsaravin

vista is gone & buried &we await windows 7?? ta mick

SpikeyMike
SpikeyMike

I started out in IT back in '89. There was a big rush to outsource back then too. It took a few years, but then management realized that the quality of the work that was being done offshore, in a word, well.. it sucked. The short-term bottom line improved, while the long-term effect was bad. But I digress. Over the past few years, the current crop of managers have figured out what their predecessors did years ago: Outsourcing doesn't save money in the long run. In fact, if history repeats itself, we're in for another boom as these near-sighted companies rush to re-tool the BSC (Bangalore Spaghetti Code) systems that, while delivered to original specs, can't be maintained in an cost-effective manner. Now that the bean counters won't let management outsource (remember - think long term), then they will try to cut costs elsewhere - like hardware and software upgrades. (More to the point, not upgrading hardware and eliminating software licenses). -Mike

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

The Windows Server Licensing needs the Accountants to have a very close look at it to save money where ever possible. Window Server Licensing is Expensive compared to other existing Server Products and has been welshing off the Windows Name for way too long and has only be a benefit to the Mighty M$ Corporation who are racking in the money from it's widespread adoption. Not before time that someone has a good close look at that and decides that it's [b]Very Expensive[/b] for what is delivered. As for Vista is there one reason to move to it in the short term even? Sure there are some nice Networking Features if you use Windows Server 2007 but it's Bloody Expensive all round with not a single Business reason to move to. So what can anyone but a Marketing person expect to happen business spend it's hard earned money for no additional benefit. Not going to happen in my life time and I doubt that anyone else believes it will either. At least with XP there where benefits in the move but when it comes to Vista there are currently none and lots of additional expenses to prevent it occurring. Of course those Business with Volume Licenses have absolutely No incentive to even consider the move while those business who have done things on the cheap and purchased Prebuilt systems will have expensive problems when it's time to replace existing hardware which they will when the Tax Cycle renders their existing Hardware not worth the costs of keeping. Though now the Server Products will be kept around a lot longer and the Tax Benefit will be less to the Company but it will still save money to do things this way. Col