Windows 2000 will bring major gains for corporations, but most of the benefits will not be evident for at least 18 to 30 months.
According to a new report from US analysts Aberdeen Group, although Windows 2000 (previously NT 5.0) will have as great an impact on enterprises as anything since the heyday of the mainframe, benefits will be slow to arrive and unevenly distributed. The report also warns that careful planning is mandatory.
Aberdeen group?s sentiments mirror those of other analysts including both Gartner and Ovum.
Lead report author Wayne Kernochan, warned: ?The unsophisticated enterprise that attempts to jam NT 5.0 down the throats of an already stressed IS department will gain nothing but trouble.? His advice for a successful NT 5.0 implementation is to, ?plan early and plan often.?
He added that the challenges of implementing the OS can be reduced by partnering with an experienced service provider.
Aberdeen's report stated that one of the benefits of Windows 2000 would be some badly needed improvements in NT?s reliability and availability that will make it at least comparable to some of today?s midrange production environments.
However, these will not fully arrive until a year or two from now. By that time, the company warned, users will have raised the bar for their availability needs and other suppliers are likely to provide availability solutions well above NT 5.0.
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