Windows to Linux Business Plan.
- Before making a large commitment such as conversion to Linux then there are many factors to include when analyzing the risks and establishing a strategy. One will have to establish the current system (procedures, programs, files,interfaces), design the new cost efficient system on Linux, create a strategy and then execute the plan.
- Take inventory of all software programs used. Start / Control Panel / Programs. Record all sofware employed on your current system. Also go through c:\\Programs and c:\\Progrfams (x86) and record all programs currently installed.
- Take inventory of all data files and databases used. Search for all filetypes of .dat, .xls, .doc, .docx, etc. for each software program depending upon the filetypes employed.
- Determine if the current software and/or file management system can be implemented directly on the new Linux platform.
- Find replacement software for existing software if it cannot be ported to Linux. This includes communications software and/or hardware.
- Find replacement database management software and/or file system for exisiting files/databases.
- One must take everything into consideration because for some people or businesses, a Linux solution may not work for them at this time.
- What are the risks and costs associated with doing nothing? Is the company wasting too much money on licensing and outdated systems such that it is actually imperiling the survivability of the company?
- What are the risks, rewards and costs associted with a migratiion to a completely new system?
- One should perform cost projections for both strategies. This will be based upon some assumptions but should provide a basis for future cost comparison.
- One must write up a business plan that addresses these issues such that a cost / benefit analysis can be performed. Management should then be able to make an informed decision.