Forecast and Review: Managing Microsoft's many options

Matthew A. DeBellis

Expert Jerry Honeycutt says filtering Microsoft's many recent offerings will be on the minds of IT-minded folks in 2003. Determining what to upgrade and when can end up either costing companies lots

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of money, or saving lots, he says. Technology purchasing decisions can easily affect an IT budget years down the road. What were the big issues of this past year?

Jerry Honeycutt: Desktop deployment is my bag, so that's what I'm going to fill it with. Last year was a big year for decisions. Microsoft has thrown a lot at my customers, and they struggled to choose which paths to travel. New licensing, new versions of the Windows desktop, a new server operating system coming soon, and much more all lead to analysis paralysis. Planning which waves to catch takes a lot of work, and those choices can cost or save them a lot of money. What will be big issues next year?

Jerry Honeycutt: My customers will be rolling out their desktops this coming year. For them, the big issue will be mastering the deployment technologies they will be using. Many companies are just now coming out of the Dark Ages (Windows 98, Windows NT Server, etc.) and moving in to the Renaissance (Windows XP, Windows 2000 Server, Active Directory, etc.). That means learning new ways to work and developing new skill sets. It also means letting go of old ways of doing business and embracing new ways. This is hard for a lot of IT departments. What will be the hot technology of 2003?

Jerry Honeycutt: Microsoft Windows .NET Server 2003.

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