Your name: John Ross
Company Info: Bluefin Technical Services Consulting firm - Principles are CAD engineers and the also do IS consulting for their engineering customers.
Your geographic location (country): USA
Project Name/Description: Windows 7 Pilot
Objectives of the project: Easy way to virtualize legacy software Using XP Mode. Eliminate problems running some of the old legacy applications in Vista.
Are you piloting or deploying the products: Piloting
Products used in project: Windows 7 and XP Mode / Virtual PC
Were the objectives stated at the beginning satisfied. Yes
Are you going to be saving money? Yes, Do not have to go out and pay 200 to VMWare desktop license for each customer. More importantly than that though is that we now have a very elegant solution for a compatibility problem.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum Program? I like it. Microsoft recently sent me a survey and I gave it very high marks.
What do you think about the product? Love it! I liked Vista but just had problems with compatibility with some applications. I understand Vista and Windows 7 have the same core but things that I could not run in Vista I can run in Windows 7 even without virtualizing. For the few things that I do have to run virtualized, I really like how it informs me that virtualizing it is a good approach for running that application.
Any challenges with your deployment? I had a problem with the initial releases but since RC it has been solid. I had driver issues with one machine but all those have gone away now that we have deployed RC.
Anything else you care to share? Microsoft has been very good to us and the community. We are very involved with the community and Microsoft goes so much further than other companies. They help us get up to speed on their products and they give us great programs like Momentum to give us the tools we need to improve our skills. I have had a strong relationship with many Microsoft employees over the years and I could not be happier with the people and what the people are willing to do to make sure I have the skills to succeed in my business. From TechNet, MSDN, and TS2 programs, to the many user group events and launch events etc. Microsoft really goes the extra mile to help us and I appreciate that very much. I sometimes here people asking for more from Microsoft and I really just do not get it. Microsoft already delivers so much more than everyone else. It is almost as if people ask for more just to see how much they can push Microsoft to get more. Microsoft does plenty and some of us, me and my partner included, appreciate it very much. I love the Momentum program and I hope it keeps moving forward.