Financial services provider Old Mutual has used an application testing tool to ensure its migration to Windows Vista across 15,000 desktops runs smoothly.
The company used ChangeBASE's AOK automated application compatibility testing tool for the Vista roll-out, which will take place in April.
"Migrating legacy applications to a new operating system is always a challenge, especially in a large company where the range of such applications is usually wide," said Mark Briston, IT director at Old Mutual.
"We are dealing with a core set of 250 applications, including off-the-shelf and bespoke varieties, so our original compatibility testing timeframe was planned to be around nine months."
But Briston added, "For various reasons, the nine-month testing period had to be shortened significantly and the project needed to find tools that would save time, reduce testing effort and not require extensive training of project staff.
"After a day with ChangeBASE consultants, our project staff were able the use AOK confidently and accurately."
Overnight, ChangeBASE developed a utility to convert WSE files to MSI format. Within two days, three core legacy applications had been tested and remediation started on them.
After three days, the project team were able to take over the toolset and continue the testing on their own.
Within a month, all 250 applications had been tested, resulting in a major time and cost saving for the project, and allowing applications needing remediation to be identified and dealt with quickly.