Untruths come in several flavors (in order of heinousness): lies, damned lies, and statistics. And then there are survey results from a source with a self-serving axe to grind. You can put any spin you want on such reports, as long as it's done with a straight face.
Where's the beef?
ScriptLogic, a subsidiary of enterprise management software specialist Quest Software
The inflammatory verdict is that "60% of IT administrators do not plan to deploy Microsoft Windows 7." 43% of 1,100 respondents blame a lack of time and resources for completing a migration, and 39% worry about application compatibility. Therefore, dear press release reader, you should conclude that your own company needs a ScriptLogic product that makes any OS rollout on a corporate scale much smoother and easier. Right?
I come to a very different conclusion, based on my experience as a systems administrator. In that past life, we would never have rolled out Sun Microsystems'
You may see a few news outlets proclaiming the imminent death and failure of the Windows 7 launch, based on ScriptLogic's survey results. When you do, remember than nearly 40% of those respondents have already committed to this upgrade by the end of 2010. That's actually a phenomenal turnout, especially since the operating system hasn't even launched yet -- much less been put through the cruel and unusual punishment of widespread quality assurance testing.
Let's cut Mr. Softy a break here
Microsoft may be losing on a couple of fronts, like the never-ending fight against Google
So back off, ScriptLogic. Corporate America is just being cautiously optimistic.
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