Enterprises should begin preparations now to adopt Microsoft's Vista operating system, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007, says Info-Tech Research Group. Since these software systems will undoubtedly have wide adoption in the long run, enterprises should be preparing for migration to these new software platforms by understanding potential benefits, planning for adoption in their organizations, training personnel and investigating licensing implications, says Nauman Haque, research analyst with Info-Tech Research Group.

With regard to the Vista operating system which just launched, Haque advises enterprises to "wait and see" how the software performs and potentially hold out for Service Pack 1, expected in the third quarter of 2007, before beginning wide deployment. This will enable enterprises to deploy a more stable version to test application compatibility and develop detailed software training and migration plans.

Office 2007 will offer usability benefits in the long term, but will involve a significant "training hump" for IT departments that they should begin assessing now. And for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, new features will affect multisite and multiserver Exchange installations by triggering necessary consolidation and upgrade projects.

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