Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Closing (Module 8 of 8)


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We ran the "Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp" one day hands-on workshop in early June 2014. These eight modules were designed to get IT managers, project managers, sysadmin and devops up to speed with the new Windows 8.1 and Office 2013. The bootcamp focused on how to move off earlier versions of Windows and Office to a modern desktop and tablet platforms with the latest security and mobility technologies.

Keep an eye in our SlideShare feed for all eight modules:

Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Introduction (Module 1 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Platform Delivery (Module 2 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Windows ToGo (Module 3 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Security (Module 4 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: UE-V (Module 5 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: App-V (Module 6 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Devices (Module 7 of 8)
Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Closing (Module 8 of 8)

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  • Along with addressing the business and user needs of today, Windows XP is reaching EOS next year, on April 8th 2014.

    What does it mean to you?
    You will no longer receive security patches, hotfixes, or incident support.
    Running on an older OS platform is - on a technical level - less secure, more difficult to manage, and expensive to maintain
    Running on an older OS platform also exposes your customer to business and regulatory risks they need to manage. You many incur costs as well as the technical issues relating to custom support.
    Suggested action:
    Consider migrating to Windows 7 and Windows 8 to take advantage of the new features of the latest versions of Windows to improve security, end user productivity and supportability.
    Extended support for Windows 7 will be provided until 2020

    Note to presenter: Explain EOS and how it will affect the small business.

    It’s time to retire Windows XP and Office 2003.
    They’ve had a great run, but on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially say goodbye to Windows XP and Office 2003. When we first launched these products more than a decade ago, they were game changers for small businesses like yours. But business has changed a lot in the past 10 years. Today, your business needs more mobility, connectivity, and security. More than Windows XP and Office 2003 can deliver.
    Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
    So, what does “End of Support” (EOS) actually mean?
    It means you will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP or Office 2003. Because of this, software and hardware vendors may also stop supporting their own products that run on Windows XP as well. We’ll also be shutting down phone and online support operations as a part of the EOS.
    How could this affect your business?
    If you don’t make the move away from Windows XP and Office 2003, it could have a major impact on your business. Without critical security updates, your PC could become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported.
    Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that are running on Windows XP as they are unable to get the Windows XP and Office 2003 updates. For example, the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP. And without vendor support, you could experience compatibility issues with your hardware and software.
    When you do encounter problems, there won’t be anyone to call for support. All this could lead to system failures and business disruptions that could cause your business to lag behind the competition.

  • Note to presenter: this is one slide summary of the messaging why customers should retire Windows XP.

    There are 3 key reasons to retire Windows XP and move to a modern OS (Windows 7 and Windows 8) and I am going to dive into each pillar in this deck.

    1. Get Value with Windows 7 and Windows 8 today
    2. Eliminate Risks of Windows XP End of Support
    3. Deployment is easier than you think

    Get Value with Windows 7 and Windows 8 today

    Windows 8 compatibility with Windows 7 gives customers flexibility to have a custom adoption path that best works for them, bringing in Windows 8 for targeted scenarios side by side with Windows 7 in their environment. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 deliver significant benefits over Windows XP.

    Getting Value with Windows 7 :
    Windows 7 offers customers a number of proven benefits - high performance and responsiveness, modern UI, helping to increase end user productivity. Windows 7 Enterprise offers great advancements to IT organizations - for example, Windows 7 provides a more protected and secure environment than Windows XP with BitLocker™ Drive Encryption and Bitlocker to Go helping to ensure sensitive data is protected in your organization, right out of the box.
    Other great Windows 7 Enterprise capabilities that allow business customers to increase use productivity and mobility while helping to save costs and ensure high standards on enterprise data protection, security, manageability - include features such as Applocker, DirectAccess, PowerShell and many other great features. Additionally, customers are leaving money on the table by staying on windows XP as opposed to moving to Windows 7. For example:
    - Bombardier Aerospace saved $160K in third party security licensing using security enhancements built into Windows 7
    - Leading financial services firm, Baker Tilly has quantified a $191 (US) per PC savings by moving to Windows 7
    - Overall our TCO studies demonstrated up to 20% savings in just direct IT costs

    Getting Value with Windows 8 today:

    Windows 8 delivered experiences and devices that users want; while providing companies with enterprise grade solutions,. Here are specific investments we are making with Windows 8 for the enterprise.

    Devices and Experiences Users Love.
    Great Tablet for Business Users. We hear from business users today that they have to choose between convenience and productivity. With Windows 8 tablet, users can have a “no compromise” experience. Windows 8 delivers Touch first experience along with full support for mouse and keyboard – no compromise experience where users can have the convenience and mobility of a tablet, power and familiar experience of the full PC and ease to effortlessly move between work and personal activities. Also, with Windows 8, tablets users can have connected experience with apps from the Windows Store, while they also can use desktop LOB and productivity apps they use today on Windows7.
    New Possibilities in Mobile Productivity. Windows 8 delivers other technologies that help people stay productive as they are increasingly mobile.

    Enterprise Grade Solutions.
    Enhanced end to end security. From client device to network to back end infrastructure, Windows 8 offers features that improve the security and reliability of the systems in your organization. From power-on to power-off, Windows 8 provides a more secure foundation to help keep your businesses running.
    Management and Virtualization Advancements. Windows 8 includes enhancements to manageability and virtualization features to help IT administrators manage their client PCs.

    2. Eliminate Risks of Windows XP End of Support
    Windows XP end of support is less than 1 year away and most enterprise deployments can take 18 to 24 months leaving little time to plan, test and deploy a new OS, while still being on supported software.
    Customers need to migrate their PC fleet prior to EOS date to avoid the significant risk of running unsupported software (with no access to security updates and any other public support from Microsoft); and potential Custom Support costs.
    Custom Support agreements to receive critical security fixes, non-security (bug) fixes and paid incidents can be as much as $200K per year for SA customers and up to $500K per year for non-SA customers.
    Gartner, in their June 2011 report (Creating a Timeline for Deploying Windows 7 and Eliminating Windows XP,”) stressed urgency to retire Win XP and deploy Win 7.
    Gartner predicted that more than 50% of organizations that had not started deploying Windows 7 by early 2012 will not complete their deployments before Windows XP support ends, and will incur increased support costs.
    Gartner predicts many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP. (That includes Office 2013, that does is not supported on Windows XP).
    Gartner further ads PC OEMs are likely to reduce the number of PC models for which XP drivers are available.

    Additionally, Office 2003 shares the same EOS date of April 8, 2014  – so no security fixes there either.

    3. Deployment is easier than you think

    Microsoft offers a variety of tools and resources to help with the deployment project

    Leverage Available Programs
    Migration path: The Deployment Project
    Accelerate programs - Jumpstart PoCs & Pilots and other deployment resources
    Springboard Series on TechNet

    Take advantage of high compatibility between Windows 7 & Windows 8
    Windows 7 apps run on Windows 8
    Windows 7 devices perform with Windows 8 faster than with Windows 7
    Windows 8 works well with customers’ existing Windows 7 infrastructure

    Customers can deploy Windows 7 side by side with Windows 8: for additional guidance please visit: Identifying your unique Windows 8 adoption path blog


    CA Accelerate 1:M App Clinic, visit:

    Accelerate POC and Pilot program, visit:

    CIE:  Ask your partner about a Customer Immersion Experience for your IT and business decision makers.
    FastTrack:  Talk to your partner or visit to start piloting Office 365 in about an hour.

  • Note:
    The PoC Jumpstart engagement is now complete. Use this time to resolve any open questions and validate understanding and agreement on the decisions made.
  • Windows Accelerate IT Pro Bootcamp: Closing (Module 8 of 8)

    1. 1. Module 8: Closeout and Next Steps Name Title The CA Accelerate 1:M IT Pro Boot Camp
    2. 2. What we’ve covered CA Accelerate 1:M IT Pro Bootcamp Agenda • Image Creation: Microsoft recommended practices associated with creating Windows system images. • Platform Delivery: Image deployment in your lab environment using either a Lite-Touch or fully automated Zero-Touch deployment method • Windows To Go: Portable deployment option • Security: Options for securing and securely accessing the desktop. • App and User Data Strategy • Application delivery options. • User state and data managed across devices. • Devices – Windows 8 device options and selection strategies Windows 8.1 + Office Overview Image Creation and Deployment Windows To Go Security App and User Data Strategy Windows 8 Devices
    3. 3. Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 SP3 End of Support April 8 2014 Windows XP Launch October 2001 April 2008 Windows XP SP3 Launch Reminder: Time to retire Windows XP and Office 2003 On April 8, 2014 Windows XP and Office 2003 will reach the end of support lifecycle and will no longer be supported. Office 2003 Launch October 2003 Office 2003 SP3 Launch September 2007 Security risks Compatibility issues No one to call Potential down time
    4. 4. Top Three Reasons to Retire Windows XP and move to a Modern OS today! 1 Windows 7 Windows 8 “Windows 7 has gotten positive reviews, and many Gartner clients are now in the midst of their production deployments.” - Gartner Get Value today. Get Modern. Eliminate Risks of Windows XP End of Support Risks • Lack of support from ISVs and OEMs for the new applications and PC hardware • Security and compliance issues running unsupported software • Need to purchase expensive custom support • Office 2013 does not work with Windows XP Organizations that continue to retain a Windows XP environment not only are leaving themselves exposed to security risks and support challenges but also are wasting budget dollars that would be better used in modernizing their IT investments.” - IDC Whitepaper (May 2012) 2 Deployment is easier than you think • Deployment tools, guidance and best practices on Springboard /TechNet • Windows 8 Evaluation edition Accelerate 3
    5. 5. Next Steps If you want to…. Modernize Productivity FastTrack Full Office 365 service Pilot in an hour, Deploy in days, Extend in weeks Customer Immersion Experience Hands-on, true-to-life user experience Office 365, Windows 8 and Devices For business and ITdecision makers Build Windows 8 Applications CA Accelerate 1:M App Clinic Lab Windows 8.1 LOB app fundamentals Build a working prototype based on your data and branding Gain a clear understanding of next steps and resources Get Off Windows XP POC Partner-Led POC/Deployment Projects or Accelerate 5/10/15 Day POC Trial Trial deployment for 500+ employees Proof of Concepts
    6. 6. Questions