Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
For those of you that read my blog and have come to my live events lately, you’ll recall I mentioned a program we call the IT Pro Momentum Program. It’s one of the best, if not the best programs I’ve seen us come up with in a rather long time. What I haven’t disclosed until now are the results we are seeing from some of the customers who choose to participate in the program.
For each customer that joined up, I asked them a series of questions after they reached a certain phase in the process. They know their answers are going to be shared with you. Many of them are quite bashful and have instructed me to keep their information anonymous. I am teasing about the bashful part. I know that isn’t the case. I do however respect the wishes of my customers so most of the results will be reported in such a way you cannot tell who the company is. Therefore, the blog posts like this one will have an anonymous company name, but the details are real. I will be correcting typos and spelling in most cases. The rest I will try to leave pretty raw. I will put my comments in a different color.
Company Location - USA
Objectives of the Project - “To discover all the possible problems in every scenario that our company will run across.”
Keith.Combs - I really like this objective. This is exactly what Momentum is for. Break things now long before your back is against the wall. Figure out what the issues are. Get help from our support org. Iterate back through your plan with the fixes and try again.
Are you piloting or deploying the products? “I'm right now piloting the products and my deploying plan is on schedule to happen when Windows 7 gets RTM'd.”
Products used in the project (all that apply) - “Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Windows 7 and Exchanger 2010”
Project description - “My main aim is to test drive Windows 7 to prepare our business for the coming refreshment of OS from Microsoft. Except for some minor issues with driver incompatibility, no other big problems ever occurred. We plan to deploy Windows 7 when it become final. I hope after all I can conclude it as one big success, which seems quite possible according to my experience with the coming Windows up till now.”
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? “Yep. They were all satisfied. The only problem I came across is the brand new Windows doesn't support one of our client programs, but later with a driver update, we solved it.”
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? “Yep. I'd like to save $300,000 over the next two years for our IT infrastructure.”
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? Any suggestions for improvements are appreciated. We tried to make this as easy as possible on everyone. - “IT Pro Momentum is SUPERB GREAT! I wouldn't be possible to finish all my testings and evaluations without any access to IT Pro Momentum. I'd like to suggest if we can have more prompt information about the popular tech, like Windows 7 RC for now.”