Almost half of IT professionals (49 per cent) feel that migrating to Microsoft Vista constitutes a distraction from more important issues, according to new figures.
Conducted by online research specialists emedia, the survey also shows that the overwhelming expectation of Vista is that it will improve security and compliance, cited by 82 per cent of respondents.
Just over half (54 per cent) of respondents suspect that application incompatibility will cause pain to those migrating to Microsoft's latest operating system, while nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) – perhaps predictably – cite cost as a pressure point.
In areas other than security, respondents expect Vista to bring improvements to desktop infrastructure optimisation (49 per cent), finding and using information (42 per cent) and enabling a mobile workforce (30 per cent).
However, less than half (47 per cent) of respondents expect their organisation to migrate to Vista in the foreseeable future, and unfortunately for Microsoft, more than a quarter (27 per cent) expect Vista to have no impact on their business within the next 18 months.
With the cyberthreat changing continually and businesses generally being at an early stage of evaluating Vista, emedia intends to run the survey again within 12 months to establish how intentions measured up to actions.