Upgrade Process Moves Beyond Migration Team Leads
Rather than leave the Windows 10 migration team leads to deal with this pushback on their own, the organization’s IT leaders created a document that explained what was going to happen and that the process was supported at the highest levels of the hospital. If users insisted they couldn’t upgrade, they had to meet with security personnel and go through a process to get an exemption. “If we showed them that document, it stopped that back and forth,” says McPhall.
Another hurdle has been backing up devices. Some users regularly back up their computers, while others only store data locally, so instead of spending 30 minutes to back up devices on a floor, it could take six hours, which was slowing down the project, says McPhall.
He met regularly with the leads of his three upgrade teams, and when they identified the backup problem, they devised two solutions. In the medical center’s main facilities, they backed up devices to the cloud. In the clinics, which have slower network speeds, they used a network-attached storage solution.
The team-lead meetings, which addressed other issues that arose during the upgrade process, were extremely valuable, says McPhall.
“Make sure you’re evaluating where time is being spent and how you can improve,” he advises other organizations planning similar projects. “Now when I ask what big issues are coming up, it’s almost silent.”