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How To Enable Your IT Department To Support Your Digital Business Transformation Efforts

Thu, 04 May 2017 - By

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO of Dell EMC Services, a.k.a. the “Dean of Big Data” and the author of several books on the same subject, recently published an interesting article entitled Driving Digital Business Transformation. In his article, he mentioned how he starts every client relationship by asking about the organization's effectiveness of leveraging data and analytics to power the business." He does this because his client's answers often reveal crucial information about the organization's ability to achieve digital business transformation.

As tidal-shift megatrends, such as social networks, mobile, cloud, and big data transform every aspect of our lives, organizations must adapt their key business processes to deliver the exceptional customer experiences their consumers have come to expect. Only those companies that adapt fast enough and stay sufficiently agile will leap ahead of their competition. The rest will wither away. That is what Digital Business Transformation is all about. 

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Windows 10 Migration: To DIY or Not to DIY?

Fri, 21 April 2017 - By

Let me ask you a question: Are you planning to go it alone on your Windows 10 enterprise upgrade? 

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Boost Your IT Transformation Team's Productivity By 27% By Using Automation & Big Data

Tue, 18 April 2017 - By

Today's enterprise IT organizations are faced with a problem that seems as impossible to solve as the Penrose triangle. With stagnant IT budgets and resource/investment challenges, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the ever-growing mountain of work, let alone deliver major upgrade projects like Windows 10 or Office 365. And as any business-minded person knows, if you have more work, but you cannot resource it properly, you basically have only two options: you either do more work with the same number of hands (which means longer hours) or you become much more efficient to create capacity within the workforce.

Since we all know that productivity (and your employee happiness!) decreases with long working hours, your focus will quickly shift to increasing efficiency. But where do you even start? Of course, you can boost performance somewhat by implementing the usual suggestion when it comes to productivity: start with proper goal setting, improve your communication and team collaboration, streamline your workflows and approval processes, and turn off any distractions.

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The Future Of IT: Self-Service IT Transformation Management

Thu, 30 March 2017 - By

A few days before April Fool's Day 2015, Amazon announced its Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service — a service that allows Amazon Prime members to replenish frequently-used products at the push of a Dash Button. While some people were bewildered or amused at first, the retail giant was entirely serious.

The principle is simple: You buy Dash Button for anything you use often, such as paper towels, laundry detergent, pet food or baby formula. If you are running low, you hit the button and voila, your supplies will magically show up at your doorsteps a few days later. Since then, the company has increased its number of available buttons to over 100 and, according to Amazon Dash director Daniel Rausch, orders have grown by more than 75% in the past three months — Dash Buttons are used more than once a minute!

But Amazon isn't done yet. This is only the first step. The ultimate goal is to create a process without physical buttons and the need to order. In a not-so-far-away future, your order will already have left the warehouse before you know you are running low!

Why am I telling you this? Well, you could say that ordering household staples has gone "Business as Usual". And this trend isn't only about laundry detergent and pet food — this is just one example of how the world around us is changing.

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How To Accelerate Windows 10 Branching Upgrade Rollouts With Dashworks

Mon, 06 March 2017 - By

A few months back, we wrote an article about the Windows 10 Branching Upgrade and Update Timeline. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, I highly recommend you do. Within a few days of publishing, we received an overwhelmingly positive response! Now, it is being read by more than a thousand IT professionals every month.

Why? Because Microsoft's strategy around its Windows 10 servicing options is causing some anxiety: Enterprise IT admins are asking themselves how they can keep up with the fast cadence of enforced new upgrades every 14-16 months. Since every newly released upgrade can be categorized as a mini Windows migration, many are scratching their heads wondering if they ever will do anything else again. 

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How To Enable Your IT Department To Support Your Digital Business Transformation Efforts

Thu, 04 May 2017 - By

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO of Dell EMC Services, a.k.a. the “Dean of Big Data” and the author of several books on the same subject, recently published an interesting article entitled Driving Digital Business Transformation. In his article, he mentioned how he starts every client relationship by asking about the organization's effectiveness of leveraging data and analytics to power the business." He does this because his client's answers often reveal crucial information about the organization's ability to achieve digital business transformation.

As tidal-shift megatrends, such as social networks, mobile, cloud, and big data transform every aspect of our lives, organizations must adapt their key business processes to deliver the exceptional customer experiences their consumers have come to expect. Only those companies that adapt fast enough and stay sufficiently agile will leap ahead of their competition. The rest will wither away. That is what Digital Business Transformation is all about. 

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How To Accelerate Your Enterprise Office 365 Migration With Microsoft FastTrack

Tue, 27 December 2016 - By

If you are in the process of purchasing — or you have just purchased — an Office 365 subscription for your enterprise organization, you are probably already fretting about how you will handle this massive migration to the new platform!

As you have probably heard from your Microsoft representative or reselling partner of choice, Microsoft offers free migration assistance called FastTrack for all eligible subscriptions over 50 seats. FastTrack offers best practice guidance, tools and, for larger clients, even remote migration assistance to get you onto the Office 365 subscription in the fastest possible timeframe.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Juriba has worked side-by-side with the FastTrack team to migrate more than 100,000 mailboxes. But Office 365 customers are often confused about how to tackle the next planning steps once the ink on the contract has dried.

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The Basics of Planning an Enterprise Office 365 Migration

Mon, 28 November 2016 - By

There is no question that Office 365 is taking the productivity world by storm.

According to a new study by Bitglass that scanned the cloud environment of more than 120,000 companies, 59% of organizations are using either Google Apps for Business or Microsoft's Office 365. Microsoft's cloud productivity suite is clearly leading the pack and not only continues to gain market share every day but is expected to gain even faster traction as Microsoft just announced Office 365 Teams — coined the "Slack Killer" — to fend off the third largest cloud-based enterprise productivity solution.

For 2017, Microsoft has big plans. The software giant just announced their Q1/2017 quarterly results. They also revealed that their annualized revenue run rate for commercial cloud products is slated to exceed $13 billion! And Microsoft isn't done yet. The company's goal is to reach the $18 billion milestone by the end of June 2018. 

While Azure is growing a lot faster than Office 365, the productivity suite is an important part of Microsoft's cloud offering. At its Ignite conference, Microsoft announced that the product is now utilized by “over 85 million” active users. That is 15 million more active users since April and equates to a year-over-year growth of 40%. At that rate, this number will exceed the 100 million mark in early 2017!

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Office 365 and Windows 10: Your Stepping Stones To A Successful Evergreen IT Implementation

Fri, 14 October 2016 - By

For many years, Evergreen IT has been imagined by many CTO's and CIO's as the cure-all for their IT management issues. But sadly, many organizations have tried and failed to implement Evergreen IT, and seemingly nobody got close to achieving the goal until now.

However, with organizations migrating to technology such as Windows 10 and Office 365, the building blocks for successful Evergreen IT Implementations are there, and achieving it is becoming more likely.

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To understand why, let's first have a look at why previous efforts to build Evergreen IT have failed:

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Which Office 365 Service Is Right For Your Business?

Tue, 04 October 2016 - By

Choosing the right Office 365 offering for your business can be confusing.

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DaaS - We've Had Desktop, But How About Device As A Service?

Thu, 24 November 2016 - By

In the last few years, enterprise IT departments have faced a unique set of challenges: On the one hand, they have morphed from a supporting entity to a business enabler, and are maintaining increasingly complex IT landscapes whilst battling significantly larger cyber security threats than ever before. On the other hand, they have to manage more change with fewer resources and stagnant or minimally-increasing budgets.

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Why Now Is The Right Time To (Re-)Consider Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Fri, 30 September 2016 - By

A few weeks ago, we spoke about the Digital Workplace and how it came a long way from being an abstract concept that a lot of companies saw value in, but did not have the technology to support their needs properly, to becoming a reality for a lot of enterprises as they embraced server-hosted virtual desktops.

As organizations are now embarking on their Windows 10 migrations, as well as considering Evergreen IT as a long-term IT goal in order to become more agile, scalable and flexible, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is experiencing a technology-induced revival. It's been a much slower adoption than many analysts expected, but more companies are now virtualizing desktops than ever before!

Gartner expected the hosted virtual desktop market to grow to 76 million users by the end of this year. And it seems the growth is not slowing down anytime soon. Most analysts forecast anywhere from 8.9% CAGR (IDC for the entire VCC market) up to 27% (depending on the analysts' definition of VDI) during the period 2016-2020. 

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3 Millennials-Related Considerations To Take Into Account Regarding Your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Mon, 26 September 2016 - By

As more and more enterprises are starting to embrace Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to save costs, tighten security and improve manageability and compliance as well as give their employees more device flexibility and accessibility options, many fail to consider the generational change in the workforce that is happening right now. 

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Boost Your IT Transformation Team's Productivity By 27% By Using Automation & Big Data

Tue, 18 April 2017 - By

Today's enterprise IT organizations are faced with a problem that seems as impossible to solve as the Penrose triangle. With stagnant IT budgets and resource/investment challenges, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the ever-growing mountain of work, let alone deliver major upgrade projects like Windows 10 or Office 365. And as any business-minded person knows, if you have more work, but you cannot resource it properly, you basically have only two options: you either do more work with the same number of hands (which means longer hours) or you become much more efficient to create capacity within the workforce.

Since we all know that productivity (and your employee happiness!) decreases with long working hours, your focus will quickly shift to increasing efficiency. But where do you even start? Of course, you can boost performance somewhat by implementing the usual suggestion when it comes to productivity: start with proper goal setting, improve your communication and team collaboration, streamline your workflows and approval processes, and turn off any distractions.

Read More

The Future Of IT: Self-Service IT Transformation Management

Thu, 30 March 2017 - By

A few days before April Fool's Day 2015, Amazon announced its Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service — a service that allows Amazon Prime members to replenish frequently-used products at the push of a Dash Button. While some people were bewildered or amused at first, the retail giant was entirely serious.

The principle is simple: You buy Dash Button for anything you use often, such as paper towels, laundry detergent, pet food or baby formula. If you are running low, you hit the button and voila, your supplies will magically show up at your doorsteps a few days later. Since then, the company has increased its number of available buttons to over 100 and, according to Amazon Dash director Daniel Rausch, orders have grown by more than 75% in the past three months — Dash Buttons are used more than once a minute!

But Amazon isn't done yet. This is only the first step. The ultimate goal is to create a process without physical buttons and the need to order. In a not-so-far-away future, your order will already have left the warehouse before you know you are running low!

Why am I telling you this? Well, you could say that ordering household staples has gone "Business as Usual". And this trend isn't only about laundry detergent and pet food — this is just one example of how the world around us is changing.

Read More

5 Things Every CFO Must Know About Long-Term IT Investments

Fri, 17 March 2017 - By

Today's executive management is fighting on several fronts: On the one side is the ever-increasing and looming cloud of Digital Disruption that is threatening well-established players even in the last niches. And on the other side, companies are scrambling to become customer-centric organizations to satisfy the high expectations of increasingly educated and empowered IT consumers.

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How To Accelerate Windows 10 Branching Upgrade Rollouts With Dashworks

Mon, 06 March 2017 - By

A few months back, we wrote an article about the Windows 10 Branching Upgrade and Update Timeline. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, I highly recommend you do. Within a few days of publishing, we received an overwhelmingly positive response! Now, it is being read by more than a thousand IT professionals every month.

Why? Because Microsoft's strategy around its Windows 10 servicing options is causing some anxiety: Enterprise IT admins are asking themselves how they can keep up with the fast cadence of enforced new upgrades every 14-16 months. Since every newly released upgrade can be categorized as a mini Windows migration, many are scratching their heads wondering if they ever will do anything else again. 

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Big Bang Project, Perpetual Mini-Projects or Business As Usual — Which End User IT Migration Approach Is Right For You?

Mon, 27 February 2017 - By

Like most enterprise IT project managers, you are probably up to your elbows in the midst of planning or rolling out Windows 10 to your entire user base. For your organization, this might encompass tens or even hundreds of thousands of devices, which can take months of tedious project management!

But imagine what would happen if you told your user base that it is their responsibility to migrate themselves? This might sound ridiculous, but this is reality for one company. Microsoft expects all of their 94,000 employees to migrate their devices at their own pace with a company-wide deadline. Most (if not all) of their end users are excited about the new OS, so they can rightfully expect the majority to upgrade relatively fast! But it's also part of the company's DNA: A lot of Microsoft employees are the first true testing ground for each new version before it gets released into the wild, and it is important that the company eats its own dog food before pushing it out to the general market.

As unimaginable as this approach may sound for your company, I believe that sooner rather than later we will see a movement into this direction: User-driven IT migration management — or as "Business As Usual" (BAU) IT upgrades.  A lot of fellow technology executives are already pondering this. They are asking: When does it make sense to treat something as a one-time project and when is it better to turn it into a series of perpetual mini-projects? And where does "Business As Usual" fit into all this?

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Dashworks Executive Reporting - Dashboarding

Fri, 08 July 2016 - By

Let me ask you a question. How would it make you feel if your boss, a line of business manager or C-level management was to walk into your office right now or send you a quick email saying "Hi, can you give me a statistical update on our project?"

Most likely, you wouldn't be very happy, right? Some days, that's all you seem to do: manipulating data, generating graphs, preparing PowerPoint presentations or writing email status updates. In reality, there is no such thing as a quick update. Your information consumers all want something slightly different.

It starts with the different information needs. The C-Level management needs a 30,000 level overview that you are on schedule, on budget and what the return-on-investment looks like. They might like to see a visualization of the global progress on a map and some high-level dashboards. The business managers are more interested in a granular view of their department or line of business, while schedulers need a view on their piece of the overall plan. The engineers need a printed-out drop sheet. 

So, how do you serve all these different reporting needs? Easy - with Dashworks Dashboarding.

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Why You Cannot Do Software Asset Lifecycle Management and Application Normalization Without a Software Catalog

Wed, 16 March 2016 - By

Today, we are wrapping up our 3-part blog post series about Evergreen IT by taking a closer look at software catalogs.

(If you have missed the previous blog posts you can find them here: Software Asset Lifecycle Management - Dream or Reality as well as How Important Is Application Normalization For Your Next Windows 10 Migration And Evergreen IT?)

As your organization evolves, and demand for business flexibility increases, the proliferation of applications each end user works with tends to grow in volume as well. Consequently, your IT department works to cope with an increasingly complicated application environment, and you begin to dream of initiating a Software Asset Lifecycle Management project that will bring order to the chaos. 

What’s the name of that application Employee A is running on her desktop? Is it the same as the similar title running on another computer by Employee B in a nearby department? You cannot get an accurate idea of how much software you have deployed if you don’t know the names and locations of each installed application.

If software is not named consistently, you might see one copy that includes the name of the vendor and another that has a truncated or abbreviated version of the same name, or a different vendor entirely (think Macromedia and Adobe - both now Adobe Systems). It might seem like you have five applications when actually you only have five names for the same thing.

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How Important Is Application Normalization to Your Windows 10 and Evergreen IT Projects?

Mon, 14 March 2016 - By

A stressed out, harried IT department is a sign that your organization has bitten off more than it can chew. There’s no need to have circumstances lead to the point where your IT professionals are pulling out their hair in frustration and growing ragged from lack of sleep because of the burden that comes from launching one big bang project after the other.

Instead, gradual, incremental changes to your mission-critical software assets will be much more effective and will help your organization stay on track. Many larger organizations have recognized this not only as a possible way to gain a long-term competitive advantage but also a way to significantly cut cost and resources. 

In this 3-part series, we are exploring vital stepping stones that pave the way to achieving this. Last week, we talked about software asset lifecycle management, and today we will look into application normalization. In a few days, we will take a closer look at software cataloging. With that in mind, you may be wondering how important application normalization is to your Windows 10 and Evergreen IT projects.

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Saying “Goodbye” To Application Migration

Sun, 06 December 2015 - By

Let me start by explaining that I have spent a significant part of my career in the application packaging space, and currently work for a company called Revacom who are an application packaging expert.

At Revacom we support the application packaging for multiple large OS rollouts across different enterprise organizations. In most of these projects, the applications are the major blocker to deployment progress. 

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WARNING: Application Rationalization Is Not As Hard As You Think

Fri, 12 July 2013 - By

By Brian Weerdenburg, Director, Sales Engineering, Futurestate IT

Brian Weerdenburg is a guest blogger from our friends, Futurestate IT. Futurestate IT offers AppRx, the automated SaaS-based Application Compatibility and Currency Management™ platform that enables companies to rapidly assess, migrate and monitor applications to ensure they are current and compatible with the changing IT environment. AppRx dramatically reduces the time, cost, and risk of application migration projects (i.e. Windows 7), as well as ongoing application portfolio management. Futurestate IT is a Microsoft Partner, and offers its AppRx solution via resellers and system integrators.

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Windows Server 2016 & How It Will Impact Your IT Strategy

Wed, 01 February 2017 - By

On October 15th of 2016, Microsoft released Windows Server 2016. There's been a lot of buzz about the new release, and with good reason! The latest version of the Microsoft server operating system adds some much-needed functionality to Windows environments, as well as a few key security features that previous versions were lacking. If you're not sure whether the hype train is worth getting on, then buckle up.

Here are the top features of Windows Server 2016 that, in our opinion, make it well worth the excitement.

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The Hidden Costs Of Your Aging IT Infrastructure

Mon, 09 January 2017 - By

According to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is expected to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017 — representing a modest annual growth of 2.9%, which is mostly driven by new software purchases ($357 billion) and the cost of IT services ($943 billion). 

That is a lot of money, especially if previous ascertations that 80% of enterprise IT budgets are not directly contributing to enhancing your competitive advantage or growing your business remain true, and are being used to simply keep the lights on!

But while we might have been able to accept that as a fact of life in the past decades, times are changing!

Historically, purchasing expensive hardware, servers and other costly equipment using Capital Expenditure, and stretching the investment as far as it could go before replacing, made financial sense.

However, now with technology infrastructure demand evolving much faster, and the requirement for a consistent and understandable IT budget, that calculation will not add up anymore. Aging infrastructure brings a lot of hidden costs as it results in performance degradation, rising maintenance costs, energy inefficiencies and much more, resulting in the kind of boom-bust budgeting of the past decade.

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How You Can Shorten Your IT Migration Planning Phase From 7 Weeks To 7 Days

Wed, 24 February 2016 - By

Are you dreading your next IT migration project because of all the overtime, late nights and short weekends that your team will face over the next months? Wouldn't it be nice if you could wave a magic wand and all those weeks of tedious pouring over spreadsheets would just magically go away? Unfortunately, we do not have a magic want to give you, but there are ways to significantly (I am talking weeks to even months) shorten you planning phase of your Windows 10 migration project (and other IT transformation projects) by deploying an IT migration project management tool, like Juriba's Dashworks. 

Let's walk through each of the planning phases of a typical Windows 10 enterprise migration project and compare the amount of effort and time it takes to get the job done manually versus with a tool:

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5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need To Consider An IT Project Management Solution

Mon, 22 February 2016 - By

Every organization handles their IT transformation projects differently, depending on their business requirements, applications used, IT team and other available project resources. However, there are some major commonalities when you look at enterprise migration projects larger than 5,000 seats. They are always incredibly complex, costly, and can seemingly take forever if not managed right.

Let's look at a Windows 10 migration as an example. There are different approaches to tackling a project of this scale: You can run it in-house with hand-cranked databases and spreadsheets, you can hire a service provider such as HP Enterprise Services, Atos, Microsoft Consulting Services, Wipro, Fujitsu or HCL to handle the migration on your behalf (they all use Dashworks by the way), or you can deploy Dashworks in-house to enable your team to get organized and stay in control with a central command and control center.

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Irrespective of whether you are opting for keeping the project in-house, or using a service integrator, look out for these tell-tale signs that you should leverage the power of an IT transformation project management tool instead of going it alone.

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The Top 8 Lessons Learnt For Server 2003 Migration

Tue, 21 July 2015 - By

 With the Windows 2003 Server end of life time bomb now passed on July 14th 2015, we thought we would take the time to document our advice for Server 2003 migration project planning activities based on our own server migration experience. Download our Server 2003 Project Plan for free.

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3 Things Every LoB Manager Should Demand From IT During An IT Transformation Project

Mon, 01 May 2017 - By

 It's finally here: After years of putting up with that outdated system, you've finally got the green light for switching to Office 365, implementing a new platform like Windows 10, or rolling out a new communication technology like Skype for Business across your business unit.

You can't wait to get your hands on that new tech that you know will make your job easier and your employees more productive. But beware, it's easy to focus on the greener pastures ahead and become impatient with the rollout, or even take matters into your own hands. Can you really do this quicker yourselves as a business unit, and is that the right approach for your organization. Often, if you don't work with IT on the implementation, it can have disastrous consequences for all involved.

The most successful IT migration projects are those that strike a balance between IT control and business demand. So before we dive deep into what line-of-business managers should demand from IT, let's look at why this partnership is so vital to IT transformation success.

Read More

Boost Your IT Transformation Team's Productivity By 27% By Using Automation & Big Data

Tue, 18 April 2017 - By

Today's enterprise IT organizations are faced with a problem that seems as impossible to solve as the Penrose triangle. With stagnant IT budgets and resource/investment challenges, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the ever-growing mountain of work, let alone deliver major upgrade projects like Windows 10 or Office 365. And as any business-minded person knows, if you have more work, but you cannot resource it properly, you basically have only two options: you either do more work with the same number of hands (which means longer hours) or you become much more efficient to create capacity within the workforce.

Since we all know that productivity (and your employee happiness!) decreases with long working hours, your focus will quickly shift to increasing efficiency. But where do you even start? Of course, you can boost performance somewhat by implementing the usual suggestion when it comes to productivity: start with proper goal setting, improve your communication and team collaboration, streamline your workflows and approval processes, and turn off any distractions.

Read More

The Future Of IT: Self-Service IT Transformation Management

Thu, 30 March 2017 - By

A few days before April Fool's Day 2015, Amazon announced its Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service — a service that allows Amazon Prime members to replenish frequently-used products at the push of a Dash Button. While some people were bewildered or amused at first, the retail giant was entirely serious.

The principle is simple: You buy Dash Button for anything you use often, such as paper towels, laundry detergent, pet food or baby formula. If you are running low, you hit the button and voila, your supplies will magically show up at your doorsteps a few days later. Since then, the company has increased its number of available buttons to over 100 and, according to Amazon Dash director Daniel Rausch, orders have grown by more than 75% in the past three months — Dash Buttons are used more than once a minute!

But Amazon isn't done yet. This is only the first step. The ultimate goal is to create a process without physical buttons and the need to order. In a not-so-far-away future, your order will already have left the warehouse before you know you are running low!

Why am I telling you this? Well, you could say that ordering household staples has gone "Business as Usual". And this trend isn't only about laundry detergent and pet food — this is just one example of how the world around us is changing.

Read More

Dashworks Roadmap - 2017 & Beyond

Mon, 06 February 2017 - By

Over the past year we have talked to hundreds of IT professionals. Some are enterprise IT project managers heading up large Windows 10 migration or Office 365 roll out projects, while others are CIOs and CTOs concerned about creating an Evergreen IT environment that will enable them to stay nimble and on top of their IT landscape. Either way, their goal is to drive Digital Transformation as effectively and efficiently as possible.

No matter who we spoke to, there was one common thread in all conversations. Today's IT departments are already stretched thin just trying to chip away at the ever-increasing mountain of compounding IT technical debt. But they also must keep pace with the faster cadence of changes (e.g., Windows 10 Branching, Office 365 additions) and lead the charge of the digital transformation efforts their CEO is demanding and the industry is heading toward — regardless of whether or not they are positioned to do so.

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Windows Server 2016 & How It Will Impact Your IT Strategy

Wed, 01 February 2017 - By

On October 15th of 2016, Microsoft released Windows Server 2016. There's been a lot of buzz about the new release, and with good reason! The latest version of the Microsoft server operating system adds some much-needed functionality to Windows environments, as well as a few key security features that previous versions were lacking. If you're not sure whether the hype train is worth getting on, then buckle up.

Here are the top features of Windows Server 2016 that, in our opinion, make it well worth the excitement.

Read More

How To Enable Your IT Department To Support Your Digital Business Transformation Efforts

Thu, 04 May 2017 - By

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO of Dell EMC Services, a.k.a. the “Dean of Big Data” and the author of several books on the same subject, recently published an interesting article entitled Driving Digital Business Transformation. In his article, he mentioned how he starts every client relationship by asking about the organization's effectiveness of leveraging data and analytics to power the business." He does this because his client's answers often reveal crucial information about the organization's ability to achieve digital business transformation.

As tidal-shift megatrends, such as social networks, mobile, cloud, and big data transform every aspect of our lives, organizations must adapt their key business processes to deliver the exceptional customer experiences their consumers have come to expect. Only those companies that adapt fast enough and stay sufficiently agile will leap ahead of their competition. The rest will wither away. That is what Digital Business Transformation is all about. 

Read More

3 Things Every LoB Manager Should Demand From IT During An IT Transformation Project

Mon, 01 May 2017 - By

 It's finally here: After years of putting up with that outdated system, you've finally got the green light for switching to Office 365, implementing a new platform like Windows 10, or rolling out a new communication technology like Skype for Business across your business unit.

You can't wait to get your hands on that new tech that you know will make your job easier and your employees more productive. But beware, it's easy to focus on the greener pastures ahead and become impatient with the rollout, or even take matters into your own hands. Can you really do this quicker yourselves as a business unit, and is that the right approach for your organization. Often, if you don't work with IT on the implementation, it can have disastrous consequences for all involved.

The most successful IT migration projects are those that strike a balance between IT control and business demand. So before we dive deep into what line-of-business managers should demand from IT, let's look at why this partnership is so vital to IT transformation success.

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Dashworks 5.1 - What You Need To Know

Tue, 25 April 2017 - By

Juriba is proud to announce our first major product update of 2017: Dashworks 5.1! Having readied more than 5 million IT assets for migration across various enterprises, we continue to drive significant product innovation to help ensure that for your organization, having the right tools in place to help you get the job done as efficiently as possible, is the key to major IT transformation project success.

Read More

Boost Your IT Transformation Team's Productivity By 27% By Using Automation & Big Data

Tue, 18 April 2017 - By

Today's enterprise IT organizations are faced with a problem that seems as impossible to solve as the Penrose triangle. With stagnant IT budgets and resource/investment challenges, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the ever-growing mountain of work, let alone deliver major upgrade projects like Windows 10 or Office 365. And as any business-minded person knows, if you have more work, but you cannot resource it properly, you basically have only two options: you either do more work with the same number of hands (which means longer hours) or you become much more efficient to create capacity within the workforce.

Since we all know that productivity (and your employee happiness!) decreases with long working hours, your focus will quickly shift to increasing efficiency. But where do you even start? Of course, you can boost performance somewhat by implementing the usual suggestion when it comes to productivity: start with proper goal setting, improve your communication and team collaboration, streamline your workflows and approval processes, and turn off any distractions.

Read More

How To Accelerate Windows 10 Branching Upgrade Rollouts With Dashworks

Mon, 06 March 2017 - By

A few months back, we wrote an article about the Windows 10 Branching Upgrade and Update Timeline. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, I highly recommend you do. Within a few days of publishing, we received an overwhelmingly positive response! Now, it is being read by more than a thousand IT professionals every month.

Why? Because Microsoft's strategy around its Windows 10 servicing options is causing some anxiety: Enterprise IT admins are asking themselves how they can keep up with the fast cadence of enforced new upgrades every 14-16 months. Since every newly released upgrade can be categorized as a mini Windows migration, many are scratching their heads wondering if they ever will do anything else again. 

Read More

Dashworks 5.1 - What You Need To Know

Tue, 25 April 2017 - By

Juriba is proud to announce our first major product update of 2017: Dashworks 5.1! Having readied more than 5 million IT assets for migration across various enterprises, we continue to drive significant product innovation to help ensure that for your organization, having the right tools in place to help you get the job done as efficiently as possible, is the key to major IT transformation project success.

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Dashworks Roadmap - 2017 & Beyond

Mon, 06 February 2017 - By

Over the past year we have talked to hundreds of IT professionals. Some are enterprise IT project managers heading up large Windows 10 migration or Office 365 roll out projects, while others are CIOs and CTOs concerned about creating an Evergreen IT environment that will enable them to stay nimble and on top of their IT landscape. Either way, their goal is to drive Digital Transformation as effectively and efficiently as possible.

No matter who we spoke to, there was one common thread in all conversations. Today's IT departments are already stretched thin just trying to chip away at the ever-increasing mountain of compounding IT technical debt. But they also must keep pace with the faster cadence of changes (e.g., Windows 10 Branching, Office 365 additions) and lead the charge of the digital transformation efforts their CEO is demanding and the industry is heading toward — regardless of whether or not they are positioned to do so.

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Dashworks 5.0 - What You Need To Know

Mon, 07 November 2016 - By

2016 has been a great year so far, first with Dashworks 4.3 released in June and now, just 4 months later, with Dashworks 5.0! After having readied for migration more than 5 million assets across various enterprises, we have collected significant feedback and learned from our experience that having the right tools in place to help you get the job done as efficiently as possible is the key to any major IT transformation project.

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Juriba Sponsors Hartley De Sales FC U15 Football Team

Wed, 26 October 2016 - By

Juriba is proud to announce that in a continuing commitment to supporting the local community, we are now the proud sponsor of Kent based Under 15 Football Team, Hartley De Sales FC.

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Highlights from Microsoft Ignite 2016

Mon, 17 October 2016 - By

The biggest Microsoft event for IT professionals ended just over two weeks ago now and it couldn’t have been more exciting! Microsoft Ignite was held in Atlanta this year and the company announced a number of new services designed to help organizations become more secure, more "digital" and more cloud-driven.

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How To Enable Your IT Department To Support Your Digital Business Transformation Efforts

May 4, 2017 8:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO of Dell EMC Services, a.k.a. the “Dean of Big Data” and the author of several books on the same subject, recently published an interesting article entitled Driving Digital Business Transformation. In his article, he mentioned how he starts every client relationship by asking about the organization's effectiveness of leveraging data and analytics to power the business." He does this because his client's answers often reveal crucial information about the organization's ability to achieve digital business transformation.

As tidal-shift megatrends, such as social networks, mobile, cloud, and big data transform every aspect of our lives, organizations must adapt their key business processes to deliver the exceptional customer experiences their consumers have come to expect. Only those companies that adapt fast enough and stay sufficiently agile will leap ahead of their competition. The rest will wither away. That is what Digital Business Transformation is all about. 

Topics: Office 365 Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks

3 Things Every LoB Manager Should Demand From IT During An IT Transformation Project

May 1, 2017 8:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell

 It's finally here: After years of putting up with that outdated system, you've finally got the green light for switching to Office 365, implementing a new platform like Windows 10, or rolling out a new communication technology like Skype for Business across your business unit.

You can't wait to get your hands on that new tech that you know will make your job easier and your employees more productive. But beware, it's easy to focus on the greener pastures ahead and become impatient with the rollout, or even take matters into your own hands. Can you really do this quicker yourselves as a business unit, and is that the right approach for your organization. Often, if you don't work with IT on the implementation, it can have disastrous consequences for all involved.

The most successful IT migration projects are those that strike a balance between IT control and business demand. So before we dive deep into what line-of-business managers should demand from IT, let's look at why this partnership is so vital to IT transformation success.

Topics: IT Strategy Dashworks

Dashworks 5.1 - What You Need To Know

Apr 25, 2017 9:05:00 AM / by Barry Angell

Juriba is proud to announce our first major product update of 2017: Dashworks 5.1! Having readied more than 5 million IT assets for migration across various enterprises, we continue to drive significant product innovation to help ensure that for your organization, having the right tools in place to help you get the job done as efficiently as possible, is the key to major IT transformation project success.

Topics: Company News Dashworks

Windows 10 Migration: To DIY or Not to DIY?

Apr 21, 2017 1:42:29 PM / by Barry Angell

Let me ask you a question: Are you planning to go it alone on your Windows 10 enterprise upgrade? 

Topics: Windows 10/Desktop Migration

Boost Your IT Transformation Team's Productivity By 27% By Using Automation & Big Data

Apr 18, 2017 9:13:27 AM / by Barry Angell

Today's enterprise IT organizations are faced with a problem that seems as impossible to solve as the Penrose triangle. With stagnant IT budgets and resource/investment challenges, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the ever-growing mountain of work, let alone deliver major upgrade projects like Windows 10 or Office 365. And as any business-minded person knows, if you have more work, but you cannot resource it properly, you basically have only two options: you either do more work with the same number of hands (which means longer hours) or you become much more efficient to create capacity within the workforce.

Since we all know that productivity (and your employee happiness!) decreases with long working hours, your focus will quickly shift to increasing efficiency. But where do you even start? Of course, you can boost performance somewhat by implementing the usual suggestion when it comes to productivity: start with proper goal setting, improve your communication and team collaboration, streamline your workflows and approval processes, and turn off any distractions.

Topics: IT Strategy Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks Evergreen IT

The Future Of IT: Self-Service IT Transformation Management

Mar 30, 2017 5:23:15 PM / by Barry Angell

A few days before April Fool's Day 2015, Amazon announced its Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service — a service that allows Amazon Prime members to replenish frequently-used products at the push of a Dash Button. While some people were bewildered or amused at first, the retail giant was entirely serious.

The principle is simple: You buy Dash Button for anything you use often, such as paper towels, laundry detergent, pet food or baby formula. If you are running low, you hit the button and voila, your supplies will magically show up at your doorsteps a few days later. Since then, the company has increased its number of available buttons to over 100 and, according to Amazon Dash director Daniel Rausch, orders have grown by more than 75% in the past three months — Dash Buttons are used more than once a minute!

But Amazon isn't done yet. This is only the first step. The ultimate goal is to create a process without physical buttons and the need to order. In a not-so-far-away future, your order will already have left the warehouse before you know you are running low!

Why am I telling you this? Well, you could say that ordering household staples has gone "Business as Usual". And this trend isn't only about laundry detergent and pet food — this is just one example of how the world around us is changing.

Topics: IT Strategy Windows 10/Desktop Migration Evergreen IT

5 Things Every CFO Must Know About Long-Term IT Investments

Mar 17, 2017 12:08:49 AM / by Barry Angell

Today's executive management is fighting on several fronts: On the one side is the ever-increasing and looming cloud of Digital Disruption that is threatening well-established players even in the last niches. And on the other side, companies are scrambling to become customer-centric organizations to satisfy the high expectations of increasingly educated and empowered IT consumers.

Topics: Evergreen IT

How To Accelerate Windows 10 Branching Upgrade Rollouts With Dashworks

Mar 6, 2017 5:08:09 PM / by Barry Angell

A few months back, we wrote an article about the Windows 10 Branching Upgrade and Update Timeline. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, I highly recommend you do. Within a few days of publishing, we received an overwhelmingly positive response! Now, it is being read by more than a thousand IT professionals every month.

Why? Because Microsoft's strategy around its Windows 10 servicing options is causing some anxiety: Enterprise IT admins are asking themselves how they can keep up with the fast cadence of enforced new upgrades every 14-16 months. Since every newly released upgrade can be categorized as a mini Windows migration, many are scratching their heads wondering if they ever will do anything else again. 

Topics: Windows 10/Desktop Migration Dashworks Evergreen IT

Big Bang Project, Perpetual Mini-Projects or Business As Usual — Which End User IT Migration Approach Is Right For You?

Feb 27, 2017 6:38:38 PM / by Barry Angell

Like most enterprise IT project managers, you are probably up to your elbows in the midst of planning or rolling out Windows 10 to your entire user base. For your organization, this might encompass tens or even hundreds of thousands of devices, which can take months of tedious project management!

But imagine what would happen if you told your user base that it is their responsibility to migrate themselves? This might sound ridiculous, but this is reality for one company. Microsoft expects all of their 94,000 employees to migrate their devices at their own pace with a company-wide deadline. Most (if not all) of their end users are excited about the new OS, so they can rightfully expect the majority to upgrade relatively fast! But it's also part of the company's DNA: A lot of Microsoft employees are the first true testing ground for each new version before it gets released into the wild, and it is important that the company eats its own dog food before pushing it out to the general market.

As unimaginable as this approach may sound for your company, I believe that sooner rather than later we will see a movement into this direction: User-driven IT migration management — or as "Business As Usual" (BAU) IT upgrades.  A lot of fellow technology executives are already pondering this. They are asking: When does it make sense to treat something as a one-time project and when is it better to turn it into a series of perpetual mini-projects? And where does "Business As Usual" fit into all this?

Topics: Windows 10/Desktop Migration Evergreen IT

Dashworks Roadmap - 2017 & Beyond

Feb 6, 2017 1:44:36 PM / by Barry Angell

Over the past year we have talked to hundreds of IT professionals. Some are enterprise IT project managers heading up large Windows 10 migration or Office 365 roll out projects, while others are CIOs and CTOs concerned about creating an Evergreen IT environment that will enable them to stay nimble and on top of their IT landscape. Either way, their goal is to drive Digital Transformation as effectively and efficiently as possible.

No matter who we spoke to, there was one common thread in all conversations. Today's IT departments are already stretched thin just trying to chip away at the ever-increasing mountain of compounding IT technical debt. But they also must keep pace with the faster cadence of changes (e.g., Windows 10 Branching, Office 365 additions) and lead the charge of the digital transformation efforts their CEO is demanding and the industry is heading toward — regardless of whether or not they are positioned to do so.

Topics: Company News IT Strategy Dashworks