Last week, I introduced our Evergreen IT Process Framework which introduced a generalized framework of processes that can be applied to any Evergreen IT use case, whether it is a hardware refresh, an application lifecycle management, a VDI migration, or any other project. Many of you found the blog post useful. To make it even more actionable for you, I wanted to share with you some ideas on how to build an optimized tool stack around this process framework.
Aug 14, 2020 7:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
If you have read any of our content before, you know that having a repeatable, industrialized process is the very foundation for Evergreen IT Management success. By now, most organizations have dipped their toes into Evergreen IT by creating such a process for Windows 10 Servicing, and after more than five years since the release of the first Windows 10 version, the vast majority of organizations should have a good idea of what the process should look like or better, have a formalized process in place.
Jul 23, 2020 8:15:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Desktop Analytics is a toolset that is gaining traction in the enterprise space with organizations looking to leverage compatibility, performance and health data to drive their ongoing Windows 10 management. We are really exited about how we can action Desktop Analytics insight within our Dashworks platform, so we thought it was an opportune moment to update on some real world experience of the new Microsoft tooling.
One of our larger customers recently installed Desktop Analytics to use it as a source of supplemental data to manage their Windows 7 and Windows 10 1803 migration to Windows 10 1909. It is a large customer (>10,000 seats) with a significant number of applications.
Jul 21, 2020 7:48:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Office 365, Microsoft's SaaS version of its Office Suite, has grown even more popular in recent months. Organizations, especially those that have already moved over to Windows 10, are starting or planning to adopt Office 365 across their IT environment. The move to Office 365 also needs to go fast for enterprises that are still running Office 2010, as that product goes end-of-life in October, and there will be no extended support from Microsoft.
Taking the above into consideration, many businesses have turned to Microsoft's Readiness Toolkit for Office add-ins and VBA (hereafter referred to as Readiness Toolkit) to help prepare for the migration. This post will take a closer look at what the Readiness Toolkit is, what it can and can't do, and how to maximize its potential.
Jul 1, 2020 10:35:37 AM / by Barry Angell
Juriba is delighted to announce that BGF (@BGFinvestments), the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growth businesses, has decided to invest in the company to fuel accelerated product development and drive international scale.
Juriba was created in 2008 and is led by Barry Angell, Julia Bell and Iain Fraser, The company is a fast-growth technology business that specializes in digital transformation software, providing innovative solutions for medium-sized to large corporations and multinational organisations,
Jun 24, 2020 2:13:35 PM / by Barry Angell
Co-ordinating the testing of hundreds or thousands of enterprise applications against a new operating system or patch release has long been the bane of many an application manager's life. But now there is a new approach. Smoke testing can provide a quick, inexpensive, and minimally disruptive way to run your applications through an automated test, verifying that the most essential (or core) functionalities are working as expected. Successfully implemented, it is a crucial part of your Evergreen IT strategy.
While the core principles and outcomes of smoke testing in the Evergreen IT context remain the same as with your initial OS image build testing, it is worth walking through the fundamentals of smoke testing as it pertains to your Evergreen IT strategy. I will also outline the resulting benefits, the required steps, and best practices to perform some testing as part of Evergreen IT Management.
May 19, 2020 8:45:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Instinctively, we all know that keeping our IT environment up-to-date is a good thing. Yet, despite the fact that the enterprise market is, by now, over the peak of initial Windows 10 migrations, many organizations still haven't found a good upgrade rhythm for the ongoing updates.
We call this perpetual updating of assets 'Evergreen IT'. Oftentimes, traditional migration teams handed things over to their Business-as-Usual counterparts once the initial migration was completed without having established Evergreen IT methodologies or processes in place to properly maintain the environment. Therefore, it often falls on the BAU team to not only create scalable, repeatable, and industrialized processes, but also sell Evergreen IT Management principles to their internal customers after-the-fact.
If you are in that position, we would like to make that sales job easier for you. To help, we have compiled a list of the most significant Evergreen IT Management advantages that your boss and your internal customers will want to hear about!
May 1, 2020 7:17:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Did you know that 76% of statistics are made up on the spot?
Okay, I just made that up. But all kidding aside, as with all new and emerging technology and management approaches, having reliable data insights is essential for rallying internal support and buy-in for Evergreen IT. So we combed through dozens of analyst reports and industry surveys to collate the most important statistics for you from an Evergreen IT standpoint so you don’t have to.
The concept of containers has been a hot topic for those in the server space, but less so in the End-User technology space where Juriba spends its time. However, this is beginning to change with some desktop infrastructure type services now supporting the concept of containers to scale in the cloud. When most people think of containerization, they think of Kubernetics or Docker. But did you ever think about Microsoft or Windows and containerization?
As this technology is increasingly important in the Microsoft universe, we thought it might be useful to take a few minutes to go through the basics of containers and explain how containerization differs from virtualization before diving into what Microsoft has been working on.
Apr 17, 2020 11:50:00 AM / by Julia Bell
Global Workplace Analytics estimates that "56% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible (at least partially) with remote work", yet "only 3.6% of the employee workforce works at home half-time or more." There are many reasons for this. Many office-based employees enjoy the social aspect of being physically co-located and, for some younger employees, a hip workplace is a big plus when accepting a job offer. On the hiring side, managers fear losing control of their workforce and not being able to tell if people are slacking off. And, of course, there are the misconceptions from friends and family about whether or not you have a "proper" job.