If you are part of a successful small or midsized business (SMB), chances are you are adept at prioritization. Faced with limited budgets and over-stretched staff, you and your team likely know how to make the tough decisions that will maximize revenue and increase productivity, while minimizing costs. This includes prioritizing activities that move the business forward, over those that involve routine maintenance.
However, sometimes the right investment choice is not an either/or decision. Consider, for example, the need to migrate the server operating system to Windows Server 2003. It may seem prudent to defer the effort as long as possible—after all, SMBs may assume that activities geared toward maintaining legacy systems and software are less valuable to the business than investing in next-generation technologies. But that thinking is wrong, on two fronts. First, neglecting to migrate your Windows Servers can place the business at tremendous risk. And equally important to a growing business, the Windows Server migration project can actually propel business growth, by serving as the launchpad for an overall technology refresh.
This paper looks at the Windows Server Migration effort in the context of broader IT and business goals. It also steps through a decision process for SMB IT leaders who are considering hiring professional consultants to shape the project.