Systems integration and high deployment costs are just two of the obstacles confronting Australian IT managers migrating to Microsoft's Windows 2000.
A recent survey of IT managers by ARN sister publication Computerworld received mixed responses, but all agreed 2001 is the year they are planning to upgrade to Windows 2000.
This reflects the findings in a recent Com Tech Education survey that shows 44 per cent of large organisations will deploy the software this year. Only two per cent completed deployment last year and only five per cent of large companies were involved in Windows 2000 training last year. But according to Com Tech, this figure has jumped to 80 percent in the last six months.
Graham Henderson, Federal Court of Australia director of technology services, said the system will be deployed over six to nine months at an estimated cost of $1 million in hardware replacement and $300,000 in testing. Two new IT initiatives at the court - an electronic case management system and a comprehensive e-business strategy aimed at integrating the court's business systems - are driving the upgrade, Henderson said.
"The court had no choice but to migrate due to a planned overhaul of its PCs; we know our laptops and desktops won't be built for Windows 95," Henderson said. "We've been told by people there's some smarts in Windows 2000 that will cause integration problems in our Novell applications; interfacing with our backend could also be problematic. So the advice we've got is, if you're doing more than one network application a single network isn't viable."
Henderson is confident Windows 2000 will offer a more stable platform for employee laptops that require plug-and-play functionality and makes up 30 per cent of the court's hardware.
Steel-Line Garage Doors is migrating to Windows 2000 over the next two months and the company's IT manager James Johnson said the company is not upgrading old machines, only new purchases. "We had to purchase a database upgrade, backup upgrade, and also have a stallion remote modem device that is not currently supported under 2000," Johnson said. "The bios upgrades are apparently going to be available at the end of this month for the device."