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?
Jul 16, 2018 7:46:00 AM / by Barry Angell
Raise your hand if you love filling out your tax return every year. How about government censure surveys? No? How about doing a quick Facebook quiz on your dream vacation destination? Or telling your company with a click of a button which new laptop you would like? Yes, everyone loves those!
Why is that? First of all, doing tax returns or filling out huge questionnaires is not only boring, but you have to do it! No one likes to be forced into a tedious job that will take forever. So, most people avoid them as long as possible, hand them off to someone else, or cheat their way through them.
Secondly, everyone loves to do silly Facebook quizzes or quick surveys that impact you positively. They are interactive, fun, but most importantly they are done voluntarily! Even in a business environment where employees are asked to respond within a certain time period, you will have a much higher response rate by making it a voluntary self-serve activity than by forcing everyone!
Jul 10, 2018 1:49:00 PM / by Barry Angell
By 2020, one out of two US employees will be working remotely, a new study finds. But the same is true for many other countries, e.g., the United Kingdom. While for some, this might seem like a futuristic fairy tale, others are already strategically preparing to manage this Digital Workplace — a conglomerate of (user- and/or company-owned) mobile devices, laptops, PCs and other peripherals in all kinds of connectivity and set-up scenarios. While some parts of this infrastructure will require granular management and rather strict control over devices, other parts can be managed just fine with a light, scenario-based approach.
Microsoft is at the forefront of this Modern/Digital Workplace movement with its Windows-as-a-Service, Office 365, Skype for Business, and many other tools to empower and connect the modern employee. In addition to productivity solutions, the software giant also offers a suite of tools to manage their Digital Workplace offerings. These all fall under the umbrella "Modern IT Management", which I want to walk you through today. My goal is to peel away the fancy marketing lingo and give you an objective view of these solutions.
Jul 5, 2018 7:52:00 AM / by Barry Angell
May I ask you a personal question? What is the hardest part about Windows 10 Servicing for you?
Based on talking to many of our clients and partners, I would venture to say your answer would focus on the scary "Unknown". It isn't the actual process of rolling each update out, because once you have an efficient, repeatable, and industrialized process, it will almost run itself. It also isn't the initial testing and evaluating as each new version becomes available in the Insider Preview.
Instead, for most IT managers and executives that I have talked to, the hardest part is the massive shift away from those massive one-off big-bang migration projects every two to three years and entrusting your entire IT estate to a still to-be defined Business-as-Usual (BAU) workflow using sophisticated automation and management tooling when you might not know what it looks like yet.
LONDON, 2 July 2018 -- Juriba has announced that its flagship software Dashworks has been accepted into the G-Cloud 10 framework, part of the UK Government’s digital marketplace.
Jun 14, 2018 1:41:29 AM / by Barry Angell
Almost two years ago, we published an article called "How To Staff Your Windows 10 Migration Team Properly" which walks you through the required team member roles and necessary skills for your Windows 10 Transformation project. Now that a significant number of enterprises have at least begun, if not completed, their migration, we thought we should have a look at how your team roles need to change to adapt to a continuous Servicing Update management model going forward. For many, this function will be assimilated into the Business As Usual team, a change which could have major impacts if not managed correctly.