Users are heeding analysts warnings about delaying implementation of Windows 2000 and plan to wait up to 18 months before deploying Microsoft's new operating system.
A survey of 788 end-user sites in the US and Canada published by IDC this week found that organisations of all types and sizes have no plans to immediately roll out the operating system, due for release in October. Many plan to wait between six months and 18 months before beginning wide-scale implementation.
Earlier this year Gartner Group advised that enterprises should not deploy Windows 2000 at the desktop or departmental level for at least nine months after the operating system ships. Larger implementations should be delayed for about 18 months, it said. (see Newswire 6 May 1999)
Giga Information Group has also warned users to wait until the operating system has stabilised, estimating that it would take Microsoft between 12 months and 14 months to stabilise Active Directory. (see Newswire 15 June 1999)
Despite the fact the survey concentrated on transatlantic users, IDC analyst Martin Hingley believes European users may wait even longer: "If anything, we're more conservative," he said. "European users are more concerned about Y2K compliance than US users. There is no talk about lock-down [in the US]. They are more inclined to look to the future."
The results of the study, which are available in two reports: Windows Adoption: Windows 98 vs. Windows NT Workstation Study and Windows NT Server Study show that the number one reason given by respondents for the delay was technical stabilisation of the operating system with some 50 per cent citing this as an obstacle.
William Peterson, research manager for IDC's client infrastructure software programmes said: "Past issues with first-release operating systems from Microsoft have caused organisations to reign in their Windows deployment plans."
Hingley said that users should evaluate simple things like "will their versions of SAP and Lotus Notes work with the operating system."
IDC ultimately believes that Windows 2000 will succeed, "but over time."
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