August 15, 2013 10:00 ET

Impending End of Life for Microsoft Windows XP Drives BDNA's Microsoft Master Series Webinars on Desktop Best Practices

Data as a Service Leader Helps Reduce Planning and Preparation of Windows 7 Migrations by Up to 90 Percent as XP Migration Deadline Looms

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 15, 2013) - BDNA, the leading Data as a Service (DaaS) company, today announced the Microsoft Master Series, a set of expert webinars designed to educate and inform IT professionals on how to optimize their desktop environments for increased productivity and business results. Subject matter experts will offer tips and techniques while discussing real-life examples of enterprises increasing the efficiency of their desktop environments through greater data visibility. The first set of webinars will begin on August 22, 2013.

With the end of life date of Windows XP set for April 8, 2014, the Master Series webinars will first focus on Windows migration best practices and guide enterprises that have yet to migrate from Windows XP. Failing to migrate from Windows XP leads to increased IT challenges, financial burdens and business disruptions. According to an IDC white paper, the cost to operate a PC running Windows XP is $870 versus just $168 for a PC using Windows 7.[1] The BDNA DaaS platform has helped enterprises save more than 90% of time on this critical first step and reduce the overall cost of Windows 7 migrations by more than 70%.[2]

"BDNA's Microsoft Master Series is an ideal set of webinars designed to provide insights and guidance for upcoming migration projects," said Johan Arwidmark, Chief Technical Architect at Knowledge Factory. "This series of webinars will provide real world solutions to completing Windows 7 migration projects before the April 2014 deadline."

DaaS Key To Desktop Visibility and Efficiency

A critical first step all enterprises must take when undertaking a Windows 7 migration project is identifying whether or not their current software is compatible with Windows 7. This is often a time consuming and error prone process. BDNA's DaaS platform helps automate this complex process by rationalizing all software titles within the enterprise and providing compatibility information. This includes information on the software's compatibility, upgrade path and supporting information -- such as the software's end-of-life, licensability etc.

"This series is aimed at providing insights to the Microsoft community not only on Windows 7 migrations, but also how to extract more value from SCCM deployments," said Julien Moreau, Director of Product Management at BDNA. "By bringing in Microsoft experts, BDNA will further assist enterprises, in various stages of their migration efforts, to successfully migrate to Windows 7 or 8 well before the April 2014 deadline in a faster and more cost effective manner."

Webinar Dates and Microsoft Subject Matter Experts

The next BDNA Microsoft MVP Master Series webinar is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 from 2:00-4:00pm ET. Wally Mead, one of the foremost Microsoft Community Leads, will discuss managing SCCM while migrating to Windows 8. To register for this webinar, please click here.

Future experts who will be part of the monthly Microsoft MVP Master Series include speakers such as Kim Oppalfens, Owner/Managing Consultant at Inovativ Belgium and Nick Moseley, Senior Consultant at Catapult Systems. Please visit BDNA's Windows Migration page to register for upcoming webinars.

[1] - IDC, "Mitigating Risk: Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea" - May 23, 2012
[2] - TechValidate Survey - August 2013

About BDNA
BDNA is the leading Data as a Service company whose industrialized approach to delivering clean data enriched with the right market intelligence solves the challenge enterprise IT has faced for years in wasteful spending, recognizing risk, improving IT processes and unlocking new value streams. Using BDNA's Technopedia™ as the common language, data intelligence flows to the right places of an organization, applications now give valuable insights and organizations are better connected with each other and their customers. Venture backed, the company has locations around the globe and is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, please visit

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