What is Application Compatibility?
Many businesses are learning that the biggest challenge of migrating to a new operating system (OS) is application compatibility – and one of the biggest concerns right now is how to simplify a Windows XP migration. As Microsoft phases out Windows XP, they will also discontinue XP support – this means that businesses must migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8 if they want avoid damaging security breaches and costly compliance violations. A traditional migration could take 18 to 24 months, which is time that many organizations simply don't have. Many also lack the IT resources needed to dedicate to migration efforts.
Businesses frequently underestimate the time, cost and potential headaches caused by application compatibility. Lack of planning can present more costs downstream; however, organizations facing this challenge can use automated testing to determine if and how applications can be repackaged, remediated or virtualized to run in the new environment.