For the past few months, I’ve been traveling to many corners of the world visiting customers large and small.  Everywhere I went, I continued to be humbled by the overall positive feedback IT professionals gave me on the value of Windows 7 to their organization. That said, IT professionals also told me they need a thoughtful and strategic plan for how they roll out any new technology within their organizations, including Windows 7 and Office 2010. I also heard they need a tangible way to evaluate the technology’s business value in light of today’s continued economic realities. Additionally, they said they need to have a centralized way to easily manage their desktop infrastructure particularly as they are also evaluating technologies that will help them optimize their desktops such as Office 2010, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) and Internet Explorer 8.
In response to this feedback we’ve created some new partner and self-service resources
to help organizations assess business value and build a plan for deploying a modern desktop environment with Windows 7 Enterprise, Microsoft App-V, Internet Explorer 8 and Office 2010 Professional Plus. Here’s an overview of these resources:
- Proof of Concept Jumpstart: Start evaluating these technologies and assess the readiness of your desktop infrastructure with the help of experienced deployment experts. From creating an economic justification of the project to application compatibility assessment, image engineering and PoC deployment, deployment experts from Microsoft Services and Microsoft Partners are specifically trained for this program and are standing by to help you.
- Self-Service PoC Jumpstart Kit: What if I just want to deploy myself or just "kick the tires"? The Self-Service PoC Jumpstart Kit could be the right kit for you.  This kit offers a virtual hard disk that can be installed to a server for the deployment set up.  With many deployment tools like Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit, Office Environment Assessment Tool and more already pre-configured, you can save hours or days and start building your Proof of Concept machines right away.
- Production Pilot Jumpstart: Want to start a more aggressive rollout? The same deployment experts have been specially trained and can assist you with deploying 1,000 PCs in a production pilot in your environment through a 10-week fixed price engagement.
Whether you have 1,000 PCs or 100,000 PCs, if you want to successfully and more quickly roll out Windows 7 Enterprise or Office 2010 Professional Plus, a Proof of Concept is highly recommended and these new resources should help you get started or move to the next stage of deployment.
You can also read more about companies that have moved through the proof of concept and pilot phases and can learn from their experiences. Sanofi-aventis
, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, and O2 Ireland
, a mobile phone service provider, both provide good best practice stories and you can read more in their case studies.
If you are considering deploying Windows 7, I would encourage you to take advantage of this new deployment program and learn for yourself what the combination of Windows 7 Enterprise, Office Professional Plus 2010, App-V or Internet Explorer 8 can mean for you. I highly encourage you to learn more about new deployment program options by visiting the Windows Enterprise site
. If you want to start to kick the tires yourself, we have packaged guidance and resources to help you to build a technical proof of concept as a new area on our Springboard Series on TechNet
, available today.