SoftWatch OptimizeIT Premium provides in depth analysis of the actual dependency of an organization on non-web applications and the readiness to adopt Chromebook as an end user device for employees who base their work on web applications.

The paradigm shift of moving IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud is intensifying. It seems that the acknowledgment of the huge business and operational advantages that public cloud computing offers (reduce costs, agility, accessibility, collaboration, resilience and more) results in expediting cloud adoption and presents a huge opportunity for both enterprise and cloud computing providers.

The huge success of Salesforce.com along with the emergence of G Suite and the strong commitment made by Microsoft with its Office 365 solution, are paving the way towards an all cloud strategy by many CIOs. For many organizations, it becomes just a matter of the level of investment and the timeline to exercise such strategy.

It is clear that this change will inevitably result in changing the end user environment and tools used by employees to carry out their daily tasks. As most applications will be web-based, the need of Windows based PCs will gradually decline and new low cost devices, such as Google Chromebook, will serve as the main tool used by employees to interact with their corporate applications. Compelling events such as the need to refresh an old Windows based fleet should also serve as a decision point and expedite the process of moving to the cloud.

A major concern that can slow down organizations from moving to Chromebook is their lack of information about their users’ actual use of applications and their level of dependency on non-web applications. Such information will enable decision makers to design a gradual path towards the adoption of Chromebook.

SoftWatch OptimzieIT Premium solution helps enterprises in their implementation of Chromebook through a specially designed Chromebook Readiness Analysis (CRA). CRA provides enterprises with an in depth analysis of their employees’ usage patterns of applications, their dependencies on non-web based applications and the browser they choose to work with. The analysis includes the following information which is relevant when planning and executing a transition to Chromebook:

  • A list of users with no/low dependency on on-premise applications that can easily move to Chromebooks.
  • Specific path to move to Chromebook for each operating system ( e.g. Windows 7, Windows 8, MAC OS etc.)
  • List of applications, including home grown, with relatively low usage that should be either migrated or replaced.
  • A complete list of users for each browser type (e.g. Chrome, IE, Firefox) segmented to light and heavy users.

By obtaining the above information decision makers and IT Professionals become much more informed regarding their options to transition to Chromebook. Thus, the analysis enables a gradual implementation towards a low cost web-based applications environment with Chrome as the standard browser and Chromebook as the standard end user device.