Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) September 30, 2013
Laplink Software, Inc., announced today a compilation of feedback from IT personnel at enterprises comparing PCmover Enterprise to software tools with no license fees used for enterprise migration projects.
The most popular of these tools mentioned by enterprises was the User State Migration Tool (USMT) from Microsoft. However, IT personnel declared a clear preference for PCmover Enterprise over alternatives with no license fee, including USMT, by a 3-1 margin. Enterprises who evaluated Laplink’s product cited its ability to migrate data that other tools missed, as well as the ease to implement customized rule sets and work flow as their reasons for preference.
“It’s not a surprising result as many of our paying customers have come to us because free solutions didn’t meet their needs,” stated Laplink’s CEO, Thomas Koll. “Typically, our software costs an enterprise less than $10 per PC deployed, while generating labor savings of over $300 compared to alternatives. And that doesn’t take into consideration the significant cost of failed migrations.”
Laplink’s PCmover Enterprise software helps automate large scale PC deployment projects, ultimately reducing end user downtime and accelerating PC replacement cycles. PCmover includes a Policy Manager Module that provides organizations greater control over the migration process without the need to create labor-intensive scripting. The ability to migrate registry entries and even transfer applications ready-to-use coupled with complete flexibility results in PCmover often being the tool of choice in most migration scenarios.
Many of the tools with no license fees fall short when compared to PCmover. USMT, for example, has a limited interface and requires extensive scripting and testing. As migration scenarios become more complex, USMT requires even more labor. Even so, neither USMT nor any other available tool can successfully migrate installed applications or application settings that aren’t stored in the user profile.
“USMT should be considered a ‘partial migration’ tool,” stated a desktop support technician from a large, national telecommunications company. “It’s good for transferring user profiles, but misses a great deal of data, including registry keys and settings.”
“Our goal is to support the Windows ecosystem and to help organizations move to Windows 7 or 8 cost effectively,” explained Koll. “For some organizations, USMT or similar tools are appropriate. But we have found that PCmover Enterprise can usually deliver better performance at lower total cost than alternatives.”
When comparing total costs, PCmover Enterprise compares favorably to alternative tools. While PCmover does have a license fee, it does not require complex scripting or integration. Evaluation of pilot projects are offered at no cost and VIP engineering assistance and support is included at no additional charge. Plus, there is no need to reconfigure PCmover when changes are made to the employee roster or OS and PC environment, so maintenance is extremely simple.
There is no licensing fee for USMT. However, weeks or months are spent on development and testing for migration projects. If an organization doesn’t currently have the resources to code and test with XML files, money must be spent on technical experts. Investing in development and testing is an on-going cost due to high maintenance needs; updates to OS and PC environment or to the staff roster require updates to USMT. Other “free” tools have similar costs.
“Laplink has been a Microsoft Gold Partner since the beginning,” continued Koll. “And we’ve been developing Windows software since the very first release of Windows. Now, with PCmover Enterprise, we’re continuing that tradition by helping organizations cost-effectively refresh their Windows PCs. We provide the only comprehensive migration solution that allows IT professionals to manage all types of migrations and on average, we save organizations more than $300 per PC deployed.”
About Laplink Software, Inc.
For over 30 years, Laplink has been the leader in providing software used for PC migration, remote access, file transfer, and synchronization. The privately-held company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.