Betting on the Operating System of Choice for Enterprise Computing Over the Next Five Years

As Eric Zeman has pointed out in an article published on June 15th on the Information Week website, Microsoft May Debut Home-Grown Tablet Monday “[w]hat likely concerns Microsoft most is that Apple’s iPad has made huge inroads with the enterprise, which is Microsoft’s turf. Companies far and wide have adopted the iPad by the millions, challenging Microsoft’s dominance in the enterprise.” We entirely agree with Zeman’s conclusion. However, despite Apple’s lead, we still feel that Microsoft has an opportunity to take back leadership in the enterprise mobile computing area.

We base our opinion on the actual ubiquity of the MS Windows Operating system across enterprise computing. Windows computing pervades each and every enterprise business that one can think of. For this reason alone, any sensible enterprise CIO would rather opt to approve tablets and even smart phones that operate over a version of the Windows operating system than Apple or Android replacements. Bottom line, Windows scales whereas the other devices do not.

Therefore, we think that innovative tech businesses planning on enterprise software offerings should continue to plan on building systems that communicate with Windows operating systems. Of course, this planning would be relevant for companies planning on either on premise solutions or hybrid on premise and cloud solutions. If all of system operation can be effected with a web browser (which is the case for Software as a Service, SaaS, and Cloud computing systems), then most of the requirement for paying attention to the operating system of choice for desktop computers, tablets and smart phones goes out the window.

From what we have read recently, we also advocate that emerging tech businesses assume at least a year from Microsoft’s release of its Windows 8 operating system to when enterprise CIOs will approve plans to migrate to the platform. As Clint Bolton noted in a recent article on the Wall Street Journal Website, CIOs Should Wait to Migrate to Windows 8 “Gartner analyst Michael Silver said virtual private network applications, anti-malware software, and management software won’t work with Windows 8 at launch. This means CIOs who do plan to migrate to Windows 8 this year could find themselves struggling to protect and manage their employees’ computers.” We don’t know of many enterprise CIOs who would approve moving forward on a migration without security.

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