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New Views on Vista

Companies are rapidly overcoming barriers to adoption of Windows Vista, according to a poll by CDW Corp., a technology product and service provider and Gold Certified Partner. Following are the results of CDW's survey of 753 U.S. IT decision-makers:

87% expect their organizations to adopt Vista.

48% expect to upgrade "eventually."

19% expect to complete Vista adoption within 12 months.

13% expect to start implementing within the next year.

1% have completed implementation.

86% say they'll postpone other IT purchases until they've made the move.

78% cited "improved security" as Vista's best benefit.

70% reported having "very favorable" or "somewhat favorable" impressions of Vista so far.

52% cited "bugs in the first release" as their biggest concern about Vista implementation.

The survey, the second of three CDW polls tracking Vista adoption, indicated that IT decision-makers retain other concerns about the new operating system:

38% said Vista's benefits remain unclear, up from 32 percent i the November 2006 CDW poll.

37% called Vista's hardware requirements "too excessive," up from 28 percent in the earlier study.

25% worried that they couldn't afford th migrate, down from 30 percent in the earlier study.

In late May, CDW announced that it had agreed to be acquired by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm, in a deal worth $7.3 billion.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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