We are excited to introduce you to the latest version of Dashworks, 5.3! After an extensive set of customer feedback sessions, our development team has been focusing on improving the capacity/booking slot functionality for this release. Capacity is used to set limits on the number of deployments that can happen within a specific site, business unit or time of day. Previously, Dashworks could only manage capacity by day and type (e.g. wipe and load vs replacement), but with this new release, the system can manage slots at an even more detailed level. For example, you can now have a deployment unit called 'Site A - Finance' that runs from Date A to Date B, and has 20 AM capacity slots and 20 PM capacity slots with a blackout period for end of year dates. As always, it is thanks to the insightful feedback provided by our customers that has helped drive product innovation and make the drive towards IT transformation and Evergreen IT management a possibility with Juriba Dashworks!
Shortly after releasing Windows 10 on July 29th 2015, Microsoft's former VP Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, announced that in the next two to three years (mid-2018), Windows 10 would be the first platform version on any device that would be available on one billion devices.
Today, about 39 months later and after navigating a rocky road paved with (at first) free upgrade incentives and then forced updates, Windows 10 is running on more than 700 million devices. While that's still far away from the 1 billion devices goal, they are inching closer.
Below, I have collated the most important statistics in one handy post:
Nov 12, 2018 8:03:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Traditional IT infrastructures are often loosely connected, relatively fragmented, and highly complex — making them incredibly difficult, labor-intensive, and therefore costly to maintain and update. Over the years, this led to compounding IT debt, Shadow IT organizations, and uncontrollable application sprawl — eating up a large chunk of enterprise IT budgets just to maintain status-quo.
Until now, this was a necessary evil organizations felt they had to put up with. But the situation has changed. Enterprises are prioritizing Digital Transformation initiatives and have moved to Windows 10, Office 365, and other Software-as-a-Service solutions. The heavy ballast created by traditional IT management makes it impossible for them to keep up with this faster pace of change. As a result, IT feels torn between providing tangible business value and keeping the infrastructure secure and up-to-date.
It's hard to believe, but on October 15, 2018 Juriba turned 10 so we thought we'd write about our journey! It all started in 2008 from Julia Bell's (our Chief Operating Officer) house and 7 million assets migrated later, Juriba has achieved 10 years in business. We thought it would be nice to celebrate with all our readers by listing our key milestones in this blog post.
What was the most impactful announcement for your organization at Microsoft's Ignite this year? For me, it was probably Michael Niehaus' session on Windows Autopilot, the software giant's new way to dynamically provision devices. While Autopilot isn't new — in fact, it was announced with the release of Windows 10 version 1703 over a year ago — it now has some new features and significant improvements that are worth mentioning.
If you missed it at Ignite or you don't want to sit through 75 minutes watching the recording, I summarized the most important points for you below. In addition, I sprinkled in some real-world insights I have gleaned from several customers who have tried it.
More than 26,000 people from 100 different countries attended the biggest Microsoft event for IT professionals and enterprise developers, Microsoft Ignite 2018 in Orlando. Our Juriba team was there as well, listening to keynotes and announcements, meeting with partners and hearing about lots of exciting new product developments and announcements! In case you didn't manage to get yourself a ticket (they sold out shortly after being released) or you were busy meeting fellow IT Pros, don't worry, we've got you covered! Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about Ignite 2018. You can also watch the on-demand sessions here.
Sep 17, 2018 2:18:00 PM / by Julia Bell
Please note: This article was first published on the Ivanti Women in Tech blog.
I am the co-founder and COO of enterprise technology company Juriba, and a technologist with more than 20 years experience. I am also a woman. I consider the ongoing discussions around women entering and thriving in technology very important. But I have a confession to make: I also find it slightly mystifying. Maybe because I am fortunate enough to have partners and colleagues who are always both supportive and professional, I'm never made to feel any different.
Or maybe I just always saw myself as a PERSON in technology rather than a woman in technology — an attitude that I hope, in time, all men and women in technology will come to hold about themselves and each other. But currently, not everyone is that lucky.
Microsoft Just Announced (Another!) Windows-as-a-Service Support Model Change - What Does It Mean For You?
Sep 12, 2018 7:05:22 PM / by Barry Angell
If you, like many others, have been struggling to keep up with the constant modifications the Windows-as-a-Service support model has undergone since its initial release, you know that the Greek philosopher Heraclitus was right when he said: “Change is the only constant in life.”
Well, now there is a new change — I believe it is the fifth major update Microsoft has made to its Windows 10 Servicing model — but this one will be well received by most IT Pros.
On September 6, 2018, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Office and Windows Marketing, announced in an article entitled "Helping customers shift to a modern desktop" posted on the Microsoft 365 blog, that it will (yet again) make changes to its Windows 10 support cycles for Enterprise and Education editions.
Aug 27, 2018 7:21:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Ever since the introduction of Microsoft's Windows Analytics service, Microsoft has been working hard to convince enterprise IT admins to manage their Windows 10 migration and later service upgrades using this free service. But while the idea sounds appealing (and who doesn't like a free lunch), there are many questions and concerns IT admins have, such as:
- Will Upgrade Readiness give me the level of information I need, in the way I need it, to make an informed decision?
- How can I best leverage insights from Upgrade Readiness to fuel my automated scheduling and rollout?
- Is this data suitable for other stakeholders and business unit managers to offer sufficient transparency?
These are just three of many questions we often hear from our customers, and today I am thrilled to announce that Juriba is announcing a new Dashworks Connector for Upgrade Readiness.
Aug 1, 2018 7:53:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Over the past three years. I have probably spoken to dozens if not hundreds of IT managers, executives, schedulers, and other folks involved in Windows-as-a-Service management, and there is one common thread. They are all wondering how they can lower the risk of business disruption while getting through this upgrade as efficiently as possible to be able to prepare for the next.
The best answer — next to creating a repeatable, scalable and automated process managed by an IT Transformation tool like Dashworks, of course — is to utilize the concept of Windows Deployment Rings, Microsoft's preferred way of rolling out new feature updates. However, that begs another question — maybe the biggest practical implementation question that IT managers have regarding deploying Windows-as-a-Service: "What criteria do you use to enroll users and devices into deployment rings that still achieves the velocity required while managing the risk of accelerated upgrades?