"The biggest issue is making sure you do application compatibility testing," Pella's Thomas says. Pella's IT staff has had to update software releases and work through issues on some of the company's approximately 400 applications. Pella is still doing compatibility testing; it started with the applications used by the greatest number of employees. "Our issue has been on older apps that didn't necessarily follow current development guidelines," Thomas says, explaining that the company had to make "small adjustments" on approximately 20 percent of its applications, or get updates if newer releases were available.
In general, he says, "we haven't had too many applications that we haven't been able to get running."
Overall, after living with XP for more than eight years, IT leaders at most organizations say they finally feel comfortable moving on. Shane says he expects the transition at Milliman to go smoothly. "It's not something completely new," he says. "They just made a better Vista."