How HPE and Microsoft are helping customers migrate to Windows 10

Marc Wilkinson highlights how Hewlett Packard Enterprise is working with Microsoft to help customers in all industries benefit from Windows 10

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 29 July 2016
How HPE and Microsoft are helping customers migrate to Windows 10

This article first appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of The Record.

Almost 300 million active devices are now using Windows 10, making it the fastest growing operating system (OS) in Microsoft Windows history. Already, the rate of Windows 10 adoption has outpaced Windows 7 by 145% and Windows 8 by around 400% since it was launched on 29 July 2015.

According to Marc Wilkinson, chief technologist and mobility and workplace global practice lead at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Windows 10 offers enterprise-wide benefits, most notably in enhanced usability and security.

“End users benefit from a touch-based user interface that is consistent across every form factor, while the Continuum feature allows them to connect accessories, such as a keyboard and larger screen, to transform small devices into a mobile desktop,” he says. “Meanwhile, IT administrators can control all enterprise devices via a single management system, and easily manage and distribute software using their existing processes and technology. Plus, developers can use familiar tools to design enterprise apps that can be used on any Windows 10 device.”

He adds: “Built-in features such as Enterprise Data Protection and Azure Rights Management prevent data leakage and malware attacks, while the two-factor user authentication processes protect user accounts and devices.”

Developers are not left out, the Universal Windows Platform brings a common operating system across form factors, enabling developers to use a develop-once-use-everywhere approach to building applications.

However, claims Wilkinson, Windows 10 is more than just an OS upgrade from Windows 8 and 8.1.

“Windows 10 is the catalyst that allows organisations to digitise and completely transform their business model and processes, and most importantly, empower their employees to work more efficiently and productively in a truly mobile manner,” he says. “Enterprises finally have an OS that provides a consistent and secure touch-based user experience on any form factor, as well as Universal Windows Apps that automatically synch to whichever device they’re using. This means companies can easily modernise critical business applications that have traditionally been constrained to internal IT networks and desktops, allowing them to be used anytime, anywhere on any device.”

To help organisations reimagine the way they work, HPE launched a joint go-to-market partnership with Microsoft around Cloud Productivity and Mobility (CPM) in November 2015.

“Via CPM, HPE provides consulting services to help clients envision how they can use Windows 10 to upgrade their IT infrastructure and integrate Microsoft’s cloud, productivity and mobility technologies into their enterprise workflows,” says Wilkinson. “We provide advisory services that align with Microsoft’s key platforms, including Enterprise Mobility Suite, Dynamics CRM, Office 365 and Skype for Business.”

Specifically, HPE runs five-day Reimagine 10 workshops to guide an organisation or business unit to improve a specific business process or use case. “During these workshops, our user experience team and developers work with our customer to evaluate precisely how their business can benefit from the new technology, including the new OS,” explains Wilkinson. “By the end of the week, we have a baseline project plan, a visual business case and a draft statement of work.”

Customers are then guided through the startup, business process engineering and technology engineering stages via HPE’s Digital Business Acceleration Services programme. “Our iterative approach to the end-to-end process ensures that the modernised business process or use case meets business requirements for technology, process and cultural change,” comments Wilkinson.

HPE has also established a Windows 10 Centre of Excellence to develop productivity applications. “Our team is skilled in mobile app development and harnessing the capabilities offered by Microsoft Azure Services and the Universal Windows App platform, so we’ve created a number of industry-specific Windows 10 apps based on the needs of our existing clients,” says Wilkinson. 

Already, HPE and Microsoft have helped clients to implement Windows 10-based healthcare, automotive and financial applications. For example, clinicians can use a telehealth app to access patient profiles via mobile, allowing them to review, add or analyse data when performing remote assessments. Meanwhile, financial services companies can use a wealth management tool to model investment strategies during customer meetings, or access real-time information about products. Another app helps garages to manage car service appointments and review work details.

Soon, HPE will develop Windows 10 apps for the retail, energy and transportation sectors.

“Customers shouldn’t be asking if they should move to Windows 10, but when and how they should do it,” he says. “Together with Microsoft, HPE is helping customers identify how they can use Windows 10, mobile and the cloud to capitalise on the potential of today’s mobile first, cloud first world. We aim to empower enterprises to transform the way work gets done, while providing a new level of user experience.”

 


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