Softchoice study finds ‘floodgates’ opening on Windows 7 [Infographic]

Data. Softchoice sure gets a lot of it – from about a million computers a year in fact. When you look at the guts of a million computers a year, you start to see some trends. One trend we’ve been tracking is the surprising longevity of Windows XP — an operating system that has been the ‘comfortable pair of jeans’ for corporate North American desktops for the better part of a decade. It’s an interesting history, but based on our analysis, Windows 7 fever is gripping corporate North America, and things are finally beginning to change.

Now there have been many studies on the ‘intentions’ of organizations to deploy Windows 7, how they planned to do it and when (here’s one, for example). But a chasm often exists between intentions and reality. Another frequently cited data point is Windows 7 shipments. But shipments are just that – shipments. Often the computers that Windows 7 shipped on, particularly in late 2009, were retrofitted with Windows XP to remain compatible with existing corporate infrastructure.

This study is different. What you’ll see in the infographic below is a healthy cross-section of ‘in the wild’ data we gleaned over the course of hundreds of customer IT asset management service engagements. Looking at this data in aggregate provides a much clearer picture of the real state of the union in corporate North America.

After a decade of the status quo, it now looks like change is firmly afoot. The migration to Windows 7, while not complete for most organizations, is underway at quite a clip. Many organizations, it seems, had been taking the ‘wait and see’ approach, as is quite common with desktop operating systems. Well, they waited – and they saw – and now they’re acting.

So is 2011 the “Year of Windows 7”? As we sit here in December, that’s an easy thing to proclaim – at least until 2012 rolls around.

SQL 2012 (Denali): Microsoft outlines upcoming licensing changes


News from Microsoft HQ in Redmond WA yesterday regarding future changes to SQL licensing for their partners and customers. SQL 2012 (formerly codenamed Denali) is scheduled for launch in the first half of next year.  Keeping informed and ahead of the curve in managing and proactively planning licensing options is more critical than ever in third party hosting & virtualizing heavy environments. Stay tuned to future posts in the Navigator for additional details.

We reviewed the preliminary info on this and compiled some high level changes to be aware of:

  • SQL Datacenter & Workgroup licenses will be retired
  • A new version of SQL…SQL BI (Business Intelligence)
  • The Server + CAL model of licensing will only be available for the BI and Standard version of SQL
  • SQL Processor licensing will move to a Core-Based model
  • SQL 2012 offers increased ease of switching between on-premise and cloud deployments
  • Licensing transitions are built out in SQL 2012 to help customers move to the new models

Software Assurance is the best way to protect SQL customers’ investments.  Enrollments for Application Platform (EAPs) will continue to offer the best value, including discounts up to 40% on new Enterprise and BI editions of SQL.  Upon initial analysis, customers running processors with 4 or less cores will have a minimum price impact.

Revisit the Softchoice Navigator Blog for more information on these SQL changes including:

  • Technical & Licensing In-Depth posts
  • Informational one pagers, FAQs and other resources
  • Customer Facing Webinars

For more detailed information on SQL 2012 licensing changesread the FAQ or Data Sheet.